ONE Championship women’s atomweight champ Angela Lee has survived a horrific car accident that saw her car flip several times, according to CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
The good news is that Lee (8-0), one of the promotion’s biggest stars, walked away relatively unscathed. The twenty-one year old Hawaiian, born in Vancouver, B.C. in Canada, fell asleep at the wheel. That’s according to Sityodtong in a statement posted on his official Facebook account.
“Miraculously, she survived with only a concussion, some minor burns, and a banged up body” he wrote. “If she was not wearing a seatbelt, it would have most certainly been a different story.”
Lee last fought at ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes in May, where she defeated Istela Nunes by anaconda choke. She had been scheduled to face Mei Yamaguchi at ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit on November 24, in a rematch of their 2016 fight for the promotion’s inaugural atomweight title. As a result of the crash, the bout is now off the card. Welterweight champion Ben Askren is also set to appear at the event in his retirement fight against Shinya Aoki.
You can read Sityodtong‘s full statement on the accident below:
ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee got into a terrible car accident yesterday with her car flipping over 5-6x according to the police. She was driving to her morning training at the gym when she fell asleep. Miraculously, she survived with only a concussion, some minor burns, and a banged up body. If she was not wearing a seatbelt, it would have most certainly been a different story. I saw photos of the damaged car, and it was a complete wreck. Angela will not be competing on November 24. We are all blessed and relieved that Angela is expected to make a full recovery. It is a reminder for all of us that life is so fragile and that we must treasure our loved ones every day. Please join me in sending love, prayers, and positive energy to Angela and her family.