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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Teenage Mixed Martial Arts Prodigy Victoria Lee Signs with ONE Championship
17 September 2020 – Singapore: Women’s mixed martial arts prodigy Victoria Lee, younger sister of ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee and ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee, has signed with ONE Championship. ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the news on his official social media accounts.
“I feel extremely excited and motivated to be part of the world’s largest martial arts organization, ONE Championship. Inspired by watching my older brother and sister compete on the biggest global stage of martial arts competition, I am ready to take my career to the next level and compete with the world’s best martial arts athletes. I want to thank my parents for teaching me and guiding me, and for allowing me to chase my dreams. I promise all the fans that I will continue to train hard and develop my skills, and that I’ll be ready when I get the call to step inside the ONE Circle,” said Victoria Lee.
Born into a family of World Champion martial artists, Lee was introduced to martial arts by her parents, who both trained and developed her skills from a young age. Following in the footsteps of sister Angela and brother Christian, Lee is considered one of the top female mixed martial arts prospects in the world.
At just 16 years old, Lee already boasts of a growing list of impressive accolades. This list includes a 2019 IMMAF Junior World Championship, two Pankration Junior World Championships, and a 2019 Hawaii State Wrestling Championship, among others. She is also a 15-time NAGA Expert Champion.
At such a young age, Lee has already accomplished much in her career thus far. But by joining ONE Championship, she enters an organization teeming with the world’s best martial arts talent.
Angela, for one, says Victoria is a better version of herself at her age, and is excited for Victoria to take the world by storm.
“I am so happy for Victoria and extremely proud of her. She is a very gifted and driven young woman. She told us that this is her dream - to be a professional fighter - and as a family, we are going to support her fully. Victoria is a gifted athlete and everyone will be witness to that when she makes her debut. Throughout time, there have been a handful of gifted young Olympians, many years younger than their competitors, but they managed to rise above and shine through with their god-given talent, dedication, and hard work. I have confidence in our Coach, our family and in Victoria that she is ready for this next level of competition,” said Angela Lee.
“Victoria is learning the same things today as me, the 5-time ONE Women's Atomweight World Champion and our brother, the ONE Lightweight World Champion! Mixed martial arts is meant to evolve and we as athletes must adapt and evolve with it. Victoria is a part of this next generation that has been born and raised with MMA as a whole. The transitions are seamless, there are no gaps. She is still learning and improving each day but yes, she is already much better than I was at her age. It also might help that in addition to our father, the Head Coach, she also has a team of sibling World Champions to help teach and guide her in the family trade.”
Victoria will join a stacked women's atomweight division, where her older sister reigns as the division’s queen. Details on Victoria’s official ONE Championship debut will be announced at a later date.
About ONE Championship™ ONE Championship (ONE) is the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE is the world's largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. ONE hosts the biggest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions on the largest global media broadcast in Asia. ONE Esports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship, runs Asia's largest global esports Championship Series with some of the biggest blockbuster game titles in the world. With a focus on both martial arts and esports, ONE Championship is currently the largest producer of millennial live sports content in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 2.7 billion potential viewers across 150+ countries with some of the largest global free-to-air and digital broadcasters, including Star Sports, Tencent, TV5, Astro, ClaroSports, Startimes, Fox Sports, Thairath TV, Turner Sports, Skynet, Mediacorp, Great Sports, Mediaset Italia, ProSiebenSat.1, Dubai Sports, and more.