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ONE Championship Signs 16 Year Old Phenom!
BREAKING NEWS: ONE Championship has signed 16 year old martial arts prodigy Victoria Lee. She is a 2019 IMMAF Junior World Champion, a 2x Pankration Junior World Champion, and a 2020 Hawaii State Wrestling Champion. Oh wait, I almost forgot to mention that Victoria also happens to be the younger sister of ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee and ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee! It might be impossible to believe, but Victoria is already better than Angela was at the same age. She will be competing in the stacked atomweight division. For me, Victoria is arguably the single greatest pound-for-pound female prospect in the world today.
Welcome to ONE, Victoria!
To the bums hating on Victoria Lee:
1) Please stop trying to bully a 16 year old for chasing her dreams. If you don’t have anything nice to say, please kindly STFU.
2) I signed Victoria to ONE Championship entirely on her merit alone. It had nothing to do with her siblings and their achievements. Watch her debut and you will instantly understand what I mean. She is a phenom prodigy.
3) In fighting, skills trump age. If you have the skills to dominate in your weight class, it does not matter how old you are. In my opinion, Victoria is the single greatest pound-for-pound female prospect today in mixed martial arts on the planet.
4) I am a lifelong expert martial artist, and I can tell you that Victoria would smoke the majority of adult female professional athletes today in her weight class in any organization in the world.
5) Her parents are also lifelong expert martial artists. Her siblings are current World Champions. I am pretty sure that their collective judgement for what is best for Victoria is better than your judgement or mine. That being said, Victoria is the one who made the decision to turn pro with input and wisdom from her family.
6) At 16 years old, Victoria is a phenom talent like LeBron James. Every sport has phenom prodigies who break the barriers on what is possible. Let’s celebrate these phenoms instead of hating on them.
7) To be clear, she has already crushed many adult female professional athletes in the gym. She has also competed all of her life across various martial arts, and has an extraordinary career win-loss record. If my memory serves me correctly, Victoria has something like a 95% win rate over hundreds of matches.
8) She has been doing mixed martial arts since the age of 3 years old under the careful guidance of her father Ken Lee, and is fully versed in all areas (striking, grappling, wrestling, cage work, and transitions) of mixed martial arts.
9) Equally important, Victoria excels academically. She has always been a straight A student and will continue her studies (even when she competes in ONE Championship) until she graduates. I feel sorry for the haters because Victoria can kick your ass both in real-life and in academics. (To be fair though, Victoria has far better grades than I ever did in school at her age too!)
10) For those of you worried about her future, I can assure you that she will likely be a millionaire before she turns 21 years old.
Any more questions?
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, and other major media. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 150+ countries around the world. He is also the star of the Asian edition of The Apprentice, the award-winning, global reality TV series. Sityodtong was named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times and was ranked the “2nd Most Powerful Person in Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports. Sityodtong was also selected as one of “Asia’s Top 100 Business Leaders” by Business Insider. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe’s top business school. Inducted recently into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, Sityodtong is a Kru in Muay Thai under Yodtong Senanan and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.