Her sister said she passed away on December 26, 2022. Victoria Lee, an 18-year-old mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor of the ONE Championship, has passed away.
Angela Lee wrote this on Instagram on January 8 her sister had died on December 26, 2022, and the family was “devastated” by her departure.
“She passed away too soon and our family has been completely devastated ever since. We miss her. More than anything in this world. Our family will never be the same again. Life will never be the same again.”
“Please grant our family grace and respect during this difficult time. And please check your loved ones. Keep checking them. Give them hugs and tell them how much they mean to you. You just never know.”
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) also reported that her death was publicly confirmed on Jan. 6 by the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park and Funeral Homes in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
The cause of her death was kept secret. Since then, several MMA personalities have expressed their condolences to the family.
Henry Cejudo, a former UFC champion, wrote: “We have been praying for your family and loved one. Condolences to the family.”
Aung La Nsang, a participant in the ONE Championship, wrote: “This can not be true! Sorry to hear @angelalemma’s condolences to the Lee family.”
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entered the ONE Championship 2020 as a participant
Victoria Lee, the younger sister of ONE lightweight and welterweight champion Christian Lee, grew up practicing martial arts under the tutelage of her Singaporean father and Korean mother in the family’s Lee’s Hawaii facility, United MMA.
She won the 2019 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Junior World Championship, two Pankration Junior World Championships, and the 2019 2019 Hawaii State Wrestling Championship.
She made her debut in February 2021 against Thai challenger Sunisa Srisen after formally joining the One Championship in September 2020.
In the second round, she used a back choke to subdue Srisen. Her second win came in July 2021, when she beat China’s Wang Luping in under four minutes with another armbar submission.
In September 2021, she got her third win by knocking out Brazilian opponent Victoria Souza in the opening frame. The SCMP also stated that a public memorial service would be held for her funeral on January 22.
Angela Lee announces the death of her 18-year-old sister Victoria
On Saturday, ONE Championship atomicweight champion Angela Lee revealed the passing of her younger sister, ONE strawweight veteran Victoria Lee.
Angela Lee said on Instagram that her sister passed away on December 26, 2022 and added “Our family has been completely destroyed ever since.” The cause of Victoria Lee’s death has not been made publicbut a PR representative from ONE Championship indicated that the organization was preparing a statement.
A promising contender in the MMA world, Victoria Lee wrestled in their native Hawaii and competed in pankration before following her older sister into the world of professional MMA. In the second round of her ONE debut in February 2021, she defeated Sunisa Susan. She defeated every opponent she faced while competing under the ONE brand, achieving a 3-0 record. She last competed in September 2021, defeating Victoria Souza via TKO.
“Victoria was the most beautiful soul that ever lived. She was the best little sister in the world. The best daughter, the best granddaughter and the best godma/aunt to Ava and Alia.”
“We miss you so much, sister. More than you could ever realize. We’re all broken. Because there was a piece of you in each of us and when you left, those pieces were ripped out of us.”
“We will never be the same again.”
The Lees are run by their father, Ken Lee, who was not immediately available for comment. Angela Lee told Brendan Schaub that a title was in her sister’s future and predicted that her younger sister would outperform her in the ring.
Victoria Lee previously stated in an interview with MMA Fighting that her sister and brother were her two great role models.
Christian Lee, the brother of Victoria Lee, just added another gold to the family dynasty by winning the welterweight title in November, making him a two-division champion after winning the lightweight title.
In addition to posting a tribute to Lee on social mediaONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong also released a statement.
“I am heartbroken by the passing of Victoria Lee,” Sityodtong wrote further Facebook. “I first met Victoria when she was 11 years old. I watched her blossom as a martial artist and as a human being over the years. I remember thinking how wise, thoughtful and selfless she was beyond her years. Sure, she was an extraordinary martial arts prodigy back then, but I could tell she was so much more than that. Victoria had the purest heart of gold and a brilliant mind. She took care of others rather than herself. She wanted to use her life to help the world.
The ONE Championship team is devastated by the tragic passing of Victoria Lee. We extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/EUIp8jplxN
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 8, 2023
“I will always remember Victoria for the beautiful and precious soul she was. May you rest in peace, Victoria. We will all miss you. Sending my love, prayers, strength and light to Ken, Jewelz, Angela, Christian, Adrian and all their loved ones. I am so heartbroken over your loss. May God bless you.”
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