Victoria Lee, 18-year-old martial arts prodigy and undefeated MMA prospect in One Championship, died on Dec. 26, according to an Instagram post by her sister, ONE atomweight champ Angela Lee, on Jan. 7.
The elder sister's statement read:
“On December 26, 2022 our family experienced something no family should ever have to go through... It is incredibly difficult to say this... Our Victoria passed away.
She has gone too soon and our family has been completely devastated since then. We miss her. More than anything in this world. Our family will never be the same. Life will never be the same.
Victoria was the most beautiful soul who ever lived. She was the best little sister in the world. The best daughter, the best granddaughter and the best godma / aunty to Ava and Alia.
We miss you so much sis. More than you could ever realize. We're all broken. Because a piece of you was in each of us and when you left, those pieces were ripped out of us. We will never be the same.
Each and every little thing makes me think of you. From the sun rays, to the sunset. You taught us to see the beauty in the simple things. You were our bright light. Our sunshine. And that will never change. You were perfect in every way. The best person I knew. The most beautiful girl, inside and out. We love you Victoria. I love you Sprout. Until the end of time.
Please give our family grace and respect during this most difficult time. And please, check on your loved ones. Keep checking on them. Give them hugs and tell them how much they mean to you. You just never know.”
Lee trained in martial arts from childhood and won a Hawaii state championship in wrestling as a high school sophomore in 2020. The next year she followed her older siblings, Angela and Christian, to One Championship, where her brother currently reigns as a two-division champion at lightweight and welterweight. She made her professional debut as a 16-year-old at One “Fists of Fury” in February of 2021, defeating Sunisa Srisan by rear-naked choke. The teenage phenom recorded two more wins that year, both inside the distance, before taking all of 2022 off. She had been scheduled to return from that hiatus to face Zeba Bano at One on Prime Video 6 on Jan. 14. Lee’s cause of death was unknown as of Sunday night. She is survived by her parents Ken and Jewelz, her two elder siblings and a younger brother, Adrian.
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