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Rising MMA star Victoria ‘Prodigy’ Lee dies at 18 – National


Victoria Lee, a promising talent of the world Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), has passed away at the age of 18, her family confirmed.

Lee died on December 26, leaving her family “totally shattered”, according to a post on her Instagram page.

“We are all broken. Because a part of you was in each of us and when you left, those pieces were ripped from us. We will never be the same,” the post read. “You have taught us to see beauty in simple things. You are our bright light. Our sunshine. And that will never change.”

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Lee was born and raised in Hawaii in a family of many MMA stars. Her older sister, Angela, holds the ONE Championship’s Atomweight World Championship while her brother, Christian, is the reigning ONE Championship lightweight champion. guardian report. ONE Championship is the largest MMA organizer in Asia.

Lee is a rising star in her own right and has been hailed as a “Prodigy” for her natural talent as a child.

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She’s gone 3-0 professionally since her debut in 2021. Lee recently took a break from competition to focus on finishing high school.

Lee’s family did not say how she died.

“Please give our family grace and respect during this most difficult time. And please, check your loved ones. Keep checking them out. Give them a hug and let them know how much they mean to you. You just never know, the family post concluded.

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ONE Championship also confirmed Lee’s death on social media, writing that they are “deeply saddened by his tragic passing”.

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“We extend our sincerest condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.”

Chatri Sityodtong, President and CEO of ONE Championship, paid tribute to Lee in a Facebook post.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Victoria Lee. I first met Victoria when she was 11 years old. I have watched her mature over the years as both a fighter and a human being,” Sityodtong wrote.

“Of course, back then she was an extraordinary martial arts prodigy, but I could see that she was more than that. Victoria has the purest heart of gold and an intelligent mind.”

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“May you rest in peace, Victoria. We will all miss you.”

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