Victoria Lee, a promising talent in mixed martial arts, died at the age of 18. Sunday, ONE Championship, a combat sports promotion company, confirmed her passing.
Lee, a native of Hawaii and the younger sister of ONE champions Angela Lee and Christian Lee, reportedly passed away on December 26. No cause of death has been disclosed. The ONE Championship spokesperson did not immediately react to a request for comment on Lee’s passing.
Saturday, Angela Lee, 26, first announced her sister’s passing via an Instagram post. She said that her family “experienced something no family should ever have to endure” on December 26.
“Our family has been profoundly crushed since her untimely passing,” Lee wrote of her younger sister. “We miss her. More than anything else in the universe. No longer will our family remain the same. Never again will life be the same. Victoria possessed the most beautiful soul ever to exist. She was the world’s best little sister.”
disgusting amount of people using the Victoria Lee situation to push their agendas about vaccines when an official cause of death has never been announced
the world’s an awful place
— jamie (@wrestlejamia) January 8, 2023
Victoria Lee, nicknamed “The Prodigy,” had a 3-0 record in atomweight bouts in 2021. Her most recent victory was a second-round technical knockout over Victoria Souza of Brazil in September 2021.
According to ONE, Lee halted her fighting career to focus on graduating high school, but she planned to compete again this year. She was apparently scheduled to compete on January 13 at ONE on Prime Video 6 in Bangkok.
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Before going pro in September 2020, Lee won a gold medal at the 2019 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Youth World Championships, was the Hawaii state wrestling champion, and won two junior titles in pankration, a type of MMA that blends wrestling and boxing.
Speculation surrounding the death of Victoria Lee. Of course theres ones pushin the vaccine narrative. In reality Majority of the time when no cause of death is announced like this it’s suicide. That’s speculation on my part. But I think it’s more logical than blaming a vaccine pic.twitter.com/VjuvMywlhM
— That Guy Shane (@ProfanityNewz) January 8, 2023
Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated in a social media post that he first met Lee when she was 11 years old and was “heartbroken” by her demise.
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“I witnessed her growth as a martial artist and a person over the years,” Sityodtong wrote. “I will always remember thinking how mature, caring, and selfless she was. Even back then, she was an exceptional martial arts prodigy, but I could see that she was so much more.
He said, “Victoria had the purest heart of gold and a sharp mind.” “She placed others ahead of herself. She desired to devote her life to assisting humanity. Victoria will always be remembered for her beautiful and precious soul.