MMA: Angela Lee says it is a 'miracle' she survived Monday's car accident

Mixed martial arts (MMA) star Angela Lee was involved in a car accident on Monday (Nov 7) in Oahu, Hawaii.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) star Angela Lee was involved in a car accident on Monday (Nov 7) in Oahu, Hawaii. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Mixed martial arts (MMA) star Angela Lee said in a Facebook post on Friday (Nov 10) that she was "grateful" she did not hurt anyone in a car accident on Monday.

"It's also a miracle that I'm still here today, alive and well," the 21-year-old wrote on her Facebook page, in her first comments since Monday's incident.

"Physically I️ may look a little banged up but I️ know that these scars and bruises will heal rather fast. The majority of my time spent healing will be focused more on my emotional and spiritual state of mind," added Lee, who suffered a concussion and a bruised hip from her mishap.

In her post, the One Championship atomweight world champion said she woke up at 4.30am on Monday to head to the gym in Waipio, Hawaii, which was "five minutes from my house" for training. She dozed off while driving, and her Audi hit the guardrail and "flipped over about six times".

In an interview with Hawaiian news organisation KITV, Lee's younger brother Christian, 19, said: "I was terrified... (my dad and I) were waiting on Angela (at our gym) when we got a call from the policemen on Angela's phone.

"The doctors and policemen were telling my dad and I that a crash like that would have killed most people. But Angela is a strong girl and luckily she was able to walk away from it, literally walk away from the hospital the same day, pretty much unscratched."

After her accident, Lee's Singaporean father Ken had to defend his daughter - the eldest of four children - on Facebook for driving while she was fatigued.

Lee Sr said: "She was not drinking or speeding, she was heading into work at 5am on a very dark stretch of road that is notorious for accidents... Most hardworking individuals that drive into work at 5am have been tired while driving (knowing or unknowingly) at some point."

On Friday, Lee addressed the criticism in her Facebook post, saying: "I️ admit that I️ shouldn't have been driving if I️ was tired. At the time, however, I️ was not aware of how tired I️ really was.

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"This incident was truly an eye opener. Like every obstacle or adversity in life, I️ will face it and I will overcome it. I️ will learn from it and it will be used as a lesson."

 

As a result of her accident, her title defence bout against Japan's Mei Yamaguchi on Nov 24 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium was cancelled, One Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday (Nov 8).

The fight between Singapore's Amir Khan and Australia's Adrian Pang will replace the Lee-Yamaguchi bout as the co-main event on Nov 24, while the MMA promotion would "likely" find a replacement for the 34-year-old Yamaguchi.

Lee apologised for the cancelled fight, but promised to make it to the One: Immortal Pursuit event to meet her fans.

Lee said: "It was not my intention to withdraw from this fight and I️ will be back. Although I️ will not be fighting on the November 24 card in Singapore, I️ will still be in attendance, showing my support."