Cana­dian fighter hurt in Hawaii car crash


HONOLULU— An­gela Lee, a Van­cou­ver-born mixed mar­tial arts fighter, is re­cov­er­ing after a car ac­ci­dent in Hawaii.

The Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser re­ported the One Cham­pi­onship fe­male world atom­weight cham­pion will miss her ti­tle de­fence sched­uled for Nov. 24 in Sin­ga­pore.

One Cham­pi­onship CEO Cha­tri Si­ty­o­d­tong wrote on his Face­book page Lee was driv­ing to train­ing on Mon­day when she fell asleep. He said Lee suf­fered a con­cus­sion and some mi­nor burns.

“If she was not wear­ing a seat­belt, it would have most cer­tainly been a dif­fer­ent story,” he said.

Si­ty­o­d­tong didn’t in­di­cate when Lee would re­turn to fight­ing.

“We are all blessed and re­lieved that An­gela will make a full re­cov­ery,” he said. “Please join me in send­ing love, prayers, and pos­i­tive en­ergy to An­gela and her fam­ily.”

Si­ty­o­d­tong didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to a Face­book mes­sage from The As­so­ci­ated Press seek­ing com­ment.

One Cham­pi­onship is a Sin­ga­pore­based pro­mo­tion that dom­i­nates the bur­geon­ing Asian mar­ket for pro­fes­sional MMA.

Lee is a former Hawaii state wrestling cham­pion and the daugh­ter of two mar­tial arts in­struc­tors. She was born in Van­cou­ver and raised in Hawaii by her South Korean mother and Sin­ga­porean fa­ther.

Lee be­came the first fe­male MMA world cham­pion from Hawaii with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Mei Ya­m­aguchi in May 2016.

Van­cou­ver-born An­gela Lee may not be able to de­fend her One Cham­pi­onship world atom­weight belt.

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