Victoria Lee, one of the most promising young martial artists, passed away at the age of 18. “She has gone too soon, and our family has been completely devasted since then,” wrote her sister, Angela in her Instagram post on Saturday. “We miss her. More than anything else 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,” she added in her post.
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Lee was born and raised in Hawaii, where she was part of a family with a strong MMA pedigree. Notably, Victoria's sister held the ONE Championship atomweight world title, and her brother, Christian, is the ONE lightweight champion.
Victoria Lee was tipped to join her siblings as a world champion and was nicknamed ‘The Prodigy.’ She won her first three fights in ONE but had taken time off last year to focus on graduating from high school. Lee was also the junior world champion in the modern variant of pankration, a form of ancient Greek wrestling.
Meanwhile, ONE’s chairman, Chatri Sityodtong paid tribute to Lee in a lengthy note on Facebook. “I watched her blossom over the years as a martial artist and a human being. I always remember thinking about how wise, thoughtful and selfless she was beyond her years. Of course, she was an extraordinary martial arts prodigy even back then, but I could see that she was so much more than that,” Chatri Sityodtong wrote.
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