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Unbeaten teenage MMA prodigy Victoria Lee understands that early in her career, it’s inevitable her age will always be talked about. For the 17-year-old atomweight standout, it’s both a blessing and a curse.
At her age, Lee has a massive amount of time to develop her skills and gain experience before she even reaches her twenties. At the same time, being the youngest fighter ever signed by ONE Championship, and one of the youngest MMA fighters in the world, Lee is often underestimated.
To add an extra layer of difficulty to her cause, Lee is a member of the decorated Lee martial arts family, and she walks firmly behind the shadow of her brother Christian, who is the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion, and sister Angela, the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion.
After two fights, though, the youngest among the Lee siblings in ONE has proven why she was indeed given the moniker “The Prodigy.” And she plans to prove worthy of that name heading into ONE: REVOLUTION when she takes on Victoria Souza this Friday, September 24, live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The nerves will always be there. The Singaporean out of Hawaii, USA admitted she still deals with nerves from time-to-time. Yet the more bouts she can put under her belt, the more she feels at ease.
“Heading into fight week, I still feel all the nerves, but I feel like it’s gotten a lot easier and I’m able to focus more on the fun part now,” Lee said, targeting her third win inside the ONE Circle.
Lee has also grown accustomed to being in this position, facing more seasoned and considerably older foes.
After all, that’s where she has been from the onset of her career when she defeated Sunisa Srisen at ONE: FISTS OF FURY last February and then against Wang Lu Ping at ONE: BATTLEGROUND back in July.
Although Lee acknowledges the threat that Souza brings to the Circle — with the Brazilian herself being undefeated in her own right at 5-0 — she remains unperturbed with what many consider could be the toughest test of her young career.
“I’ve been able to watch a few of her matches. I think she’s a well-rounded fighter and she’s had almost all finishes,” Lee said.
“I think that our styles would match up well. I think that she has a strong overall game. Her strength is probably her jiu-jitsu because she has submission wins.”
For Lee, however, there’s a fine line between maintaining respect for her opponent and fueling her competitive fire. There’s no doubt in Lee’s mind who the better fighter is.
“I feel like my MMA game is much stronger than hers,” she said, before making a bold prediction for her fight.
“This fight is going to end in a first-round submission.”
ONE: REVOLUTION broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, September 24. Christian “The Warrior” Lee defends his ONE Lightweight World Title against #3-ranked lightweight Ok Rae Yoon in the main event.