Victoria Lee, one of many brightest new stars in blended martial arts (MMA), has died on the age of 18, her sister confirmed.
“She has gone too quickly and our household has been fully devastated since then,” her sister Angela mentioned in an Instagram post Saturday.
“We miss her. Greater than something on this world. Our household won’t ever be the identical. Life won’t ever be the identical.”
Lee was born and raised in Hawaii and had began rising via the ranks of the game.
She received three fights in her quick profession, most not too long ago in September 2021 towards Victoria Souza.
She put preventing on the again burner final 12 months as she targeted on graduating from highschool.
In her Instagram publish, Angela mentioned her sister had died on December 26 however didn’t say how.
“We miss you a lot sis. Greater than you may ever notice. We’re all damaged,” Angela added.
“As a result of a chunk of you was in every of us and if you left, these items had been ripped out of us. We are going to by no means be the identical.”
Lee got here from a household with a wealthy historical past within the sport – her sister and brother, Christian, are each ONE world champions.
‘The Prodigy,’ as she had develop into identified, had beforehand instructed MMA Fighting that her siblings had been her greatest inspiration.
The ONE Championship, a promotion that Lee fought in, mentioned it was “devastated” in regards to the information.
“I’m heartbroken by Victoria Lee’s passing. I first met Victoria when she was 11 years previous. I watched her blossom over time as a martial artist and a human being,” ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong mentioned in a Facebook post.
“I all the time keep in mind pondering how smart, considerate, and selfless she was past her years.
“In fact, she was a rare martial arts prodigy even again then, however I might see that she was a lot greater than that.”