The world of martial arts is in mourning since the news broke that Victoria Lee, 18, had passed away.
The family of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter confirmed the death and reported that Victoria passed away on December 26.
The news has caused an impact in the sports world, because Lee was considered a great promise of MMA.
The cause of his death has not yet been released.
It was his sister Angela Leewho is also an MMA fighter, who broke the news through her Twitter account instagram..
“On December 26, 2022, our family experienced something no family should ever go through. It’s incredibly hard to say this, our Victoria passed away. He was gone too soon and our family has been completely devastated ever since,” Lee said, accompanying the message with a photo of his sister.
Who was Victoria Lee?
Victoria Lee was a mixed martial artist American of Chinese, Singaporean, and Korean descent. However, Victoria always fought under the Singapore flag.
She was the youngest fighter to participate in ONE Championship, one of the largest mixed martial arts organizations in the world.
Since her MMA debut in 2021, Victoria had gone undefeated with a 3-0 record. Before, it had been World Junior Pankration Champion, an updated variant of ancient greek wrestling.
Victoria was part of a family full of champions. His sister Angela Lee has been six times world champion in ONE Championship.
Adrian Lee, his brother, is a four-time MMA Junior National Champion and a six-time Junior World Champion.
his other brother, Christian Lee, He has also been a four-time winner of the ONE Championship weight in the world lightweight category.
The company Singapore ONE Championship sent his condolences through a message Twitter:
The ONE Championship team is devastated over the tragic passing of Victoria Lee. We send our most heartfelt condolences to her family and friends of her at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/EUIp8jplxN
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 8, 2023
“The ONE Championship team is Devastated by the tragic passing of Victoria Lee. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time,” the sports promotion company mentioned.
in your account facebook, Chatri Sityodtong, general director of ONE Championship, dedicated a few words to the fighter.
“I first met Victoria when I was 11 years old. I watched her blossom over the years as a martial artist and as a human being. […] I always remember thinking how wise, thoughtful, and selfless she was beyond her years. Of course, he was an extraordinary martial arts prodigy even back then, but I could see that he was much more than that,” he said.
“Victoria had the purest heart of gold and a brilliant mind. She took care of others before herself. She wanted to use her life to help the world. I will always remember Victoria for the beautiful and precious soul that she was, ”said the manager.
(Reporting by Regina Diez Gutiérrez)