Teenager Victoria Lee continued to find success inside the ONE Championship cage over the weekend, securing her third win in three outings at ONE: Revolution on Friday.
The Singapore-based card saw her brother toppled as lightweight champ, but the 17-year old Lee had a much better night. Against the previously undefeated Victoria Souza, Lee got the job done with her hands, earning a TKO finish via ground n’ pound.
She’s happy with the result, Lee said during her post-fight press appearance. “I wanted to get a finish, and I did.”
And while she was happy to pick up her first TKO win, it wasn’t something Lee was specifically aiming for. “The plan is just to go in there and finish, whether it be by strikes first or by submission.”
It’s worth noting that at 17-years old, Victoria Lee is still growing, not just as a fighter but potentially physically as well. And fighting women a fair bit older than her — in this case, Souza had a full seven years on her. But Lee told Cageside Press on Friday that she didn’t feel at a disadvantage in terms of strength.
“Based off of my past three fights, I don’t feel that I’m giving up any strength to my opponents, as we all have to make the same weight at 115,” said Lee. Note that under ONE Championship’s weight-cutting rules, the atomweight division, usually 105lbs, sees fighters hit the scales 10lbs heavier. “So we’re all around the same size, and I’ve been training martial arts for a very long time, and I feel that my skills and just my body conditioning has improved to a level where I’m able to compete with other adults.”
One advantage that Lee carries is that the family business is fighting: Lee’s brother Christian is now a former champ, while older sister Angela is the current ONE atomweight champion.
“It’s definitely such a blessing for me to have my brother and sister there in my corner all the time,” she stated. “They’ve gone on almost the exact same journey as me, so whenever I have questions, they’ve already been through it, and they’re able to give me insights that no one else would really know. It’s awesome.”
Preparing to fight alongside her brother didn’t add too much in the way of nerves, she added. “I feel more of the benefits, that we get to train together, and travel together, and just experience everything fight week. I get to be there and experience it with them. Honestly I don’t get nervous for my brother and my sister’s fights, because I’m always there with them training and watching, seeing how hard they work, so when they get into the cage, I don’t feel nervous for them.”
Watch the full ONE: Revolution post-fight media scrum with Victoria Lee above. More coverage from the event can be found below.