Champions Fighter Blog contributor #AngelaLee is one of the best young fighters in the world, and many feel she's in line to become MMA's next big female superstar. At only 20-years-old, Lee is currently ONE women's atomweight champion and is showing no signs of slowing down. Her brother #ChristianLee is hoping to carve out his own path to stardom as well and will look to continue that journey when he faces Wan Jian Ping at ONE Championship 54 on April 21st.
For the uninitiated, here's a look at Lee's second fight.
An 18-year-old Christian Lee submits Mahmoud Mohamed
Both Christian and Angela come from a fighting family and seem predisposed to be world champions in MMA.
"It is a young age to start fighting, but I feel like I have been preparing for this my whole life," Christian said in an interview before his One Championship debut in 2015. "This is what I've wanted. I've trained really hard for this moment. I feel like I've earned my keep to be fighting up here."
Their parents, Ken Lee and Jewelz Lee, are lifelong martial artists and have raised their children to respect the art of fighting. That mentality has a lot to do with the success of both Lee kids.
"We have been teaching [since] before they were born," said Ken Lee. "Every academy that I opened had a private room with a couch, bed, kitchen and entertainment for them. They were basically raised in the gym. Yes, it seems like fighting is in their blood. Self-defense was instilled in them as a life-skill while competing is their passion."
"I believe that traditional martial arts in their truest form is MMA," Ken Lee said. "However, modern day traditional martial arts choose to separate and specialize in one area due to the time restraints to learn and teach multiple ranges. I have always trained my children in martial arts for self-defense in which they need to be equally prepared for all ranges of combat. Learning MMA from a macro approach also teaches them to avoid certain techniques in each combat range and focus only on what works."
Angela wouldn't trade her childhood for anyone either. The years spent growing up in the gym have modeled both her and her brother into top MMA prospects and have set them up for successful futures.
"I'm pretty sure it's different than the normal childhood," Angela Lee said before Christians debut. "But it's what I grew up with, so I consider it normal. ... A lot of late nights in the gym. A lot of training. But we would always be together. It's not like mom and dad, they're going to work for so many hours and the kids are at home. Nah, everyone is sticking together."
We are now two years past that point and Christian has just as promising a future as his world champion sister. It's only a matter of time before the UFC and WME-IMG come knocking at the door of the Lee household.