ONE Championship paid special tribute to Victoria Lee on Friday night. The MMA community became heartbroken this past week after hearing of the passing of Victoria Lee on December 26th. Victoria Lee was the younger sibling of ONE Championship stars Angela and Christian Lee. She was 3-0 in professional MMA and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt.
Victoria was originally scheduled to have her fourth MMA fight at ONE Fight Night 6. Announcer Dom Lau led the crowd in a moment of silence to honor the memory of Victoria. Afterwards, ONE CEO Chartri Sityodtong spoke very emotionally about her and the entire Lee family.
“Her legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace, Victoria.”ONE Ceo Chartri Sityodtong at ONE Fight Night 6
“Angela called me the day after Victoria passed and I’ve had many sleepless nights. At ONE Championship, we are a family and I have a lot of love Angela, Ken, and Jewelz. Christian and Victoria. I knew Victoria when she was 11 years old and she was obviously a martial arts prodigy, but she was much more than that.”
Chatri revealed that he is working with Angela Lee on a way to pay tribute to Victoria.
Victoria’s 3-0 record all came at ONE Championship in the atomweight division. Angela Lee currently reigns as the atomweight champion. Angela and Christian Lee have both held titles and are two of ONE Championships biggest starts.
Lee had an MMA debut in February 2021 at the age of 16. She won her first fight with a rear-naked choke submission of Sunisa Srisen. She went on to win in July of 2021 with a first-round armbar victory over Luping Wang. She picked up her first TKO against previously undefeated Victoria Souza in last fight in September of 2021.
Before making her professional MMA debut, Lee competed in multiple combat sports. She was a two-time Hawaiian pankration junior world champion, a Hawaii state wrestling champion and an IMMAF junior world champion.
Angela Lee revealed the tragic news this week on her Instagram. She referred to her as the best little sister and “the most beautiful soul who ever lived.”
The Valley of the Temples Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Kanahe, Hawaii posted an obituary stating a celebration of life is scheduled for Jan. 22. The cause of death has not been announced.
The Lees “permanently closed” their family-owned MMA training facility in Waipahu, Hawaii after her death.