A 16-year-old American from a famous fighting family made a submission statement on her MMA debut

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Victoria Lee. Photo by One Championship
  • Victoria Lee won her first MMA fight Friday at 16 years old.
  • Lee is the younger sister of Christian and Angela, who are title winners in One Championship.
  • Watch Victoria Lee’s submission win right here.
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A 16-year-old American from a famous fighting family made a submission statement in her MMA debut on Friday, February 26.

Victoria Lee is the younger sister of the title-winning siblings Angela Lee, the One Championship atomweight queen, and Christian Lee, One Championship’s ruler at lightweight.

Lee fought her first pro MMA bout in Singapore, scored a second-round finish, and attracted the praise of One Championship promoter Chatri Sityodtong.

“She definitely lived up to the hype,” Sityodtong said after the fight.

Throughout the bout, Lee showed ground-game skills that nullified her opponent Sunisa Srisen’s greater experience in competitive MMA.

Both combatants threw slugs when fighting on their feet, and they exchanged takedowns.

Lee attempted a rear-naked-choke submission in the opening round, but did not get the early win. Instead, she locked in the same move in the following round, forcing Srisen to tap.

The South China Morning Post reported, “When I first got on the stage and they were announcing my name it was crazy,” Lee said. “It was cool to be in the stadium, and all the lights and the smoke.

“I felt so much nerves … this is the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. I felt all of it when I was walking into the arena, but when I stepped into the cage, I blocked it all out, breathed, cleared my mind and focused on the fight.

“I’m trying to remember the fight right now, but it all happened so fast for me,” Lee said. “There was so much building up to this fight, so much pressure and emotion. As soon as the fight was over, everything felt great.”

Watch Lee’s win right here:

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“I was very impressed with Victoria Lee’s incredible performance,” Sityodtong said. “I still can’t believe Victoria is only 16 years old. When I was 16 years old, I couldn’t even tie my shoelaces.

“She definitely lived up to the hype against a tough and game opponent in Srisen. Without a doubt, Victoria Lee is the next big thing in martial arts.”

Lee’s older brother Christian, 22, has a fight of his own in the coming weeks. He defends his 77kg belt against Timofey Nastyukhin in Singapore on April 14.

Angela Lee’s next bout has yet to be confirmed.