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3 potential matchup for ONE's 18-year-old prodigy Victoria Lee

Taking a look at potential opponents for the latest member of the Lee family in ONE Championship.
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Victoria "The Prodigy" Lee truly shined in ONE Championship last year.

After signing with the promotion in 2020, the Singaporean-American teenage sensation rattled off a trio of victories in 2021. 

First, she submitted Thai star Sunisa Srisan via rear-naked choke, then she tapped out China's Wang Luping via triangle armbar, and then she finished previously undefeated Victoria Souza via second-round TKO.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a flawless run in her young MMA career thus far, and her start is reminiscent of that of her older sister, ONE women's atomweight world champion Angela Lee, and her big brother, former lightweight titleholder Christian Lee.

Now, fresh off her high school graduation, we take a look at three opponents who could be next for "The Prodigy."

1. Itsuki Hirata

Like Lee, Itsuki "Android 18" Hirata got her MMA career off and running with ONE Championship.

She rattled off five straight victories, finished four of her opponents, and defeated Alyse Anderson in the ONE women's atomweight world grand prix quarterfinals.

But this past March, the Japanese starlet's flawless MMA run ended at the paws of Malaysia's crafty Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan.

That split-decision loss dropped her out of the division's top-five rankings and, coupled with Lee's trio of stoppage wins, a meeting seems inevitable. 

Both fighters possess youthfulness and courage to become the very best in their weight class, and the duo are wizards in the grappling department. Hirata's judo has been a major key to her success, while Lee's wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu base makes her a tough nut to crack.

2. Bi Nguyen

Bi "Killer Bee" Nguyen has delivered gusty performances in ONE Championship.

Aggression, ruthlessness, and exciting fights are guaranteed every time the Vietnamese-American star is in action. 

Because of that, a match between Lee and Nguyen makes sense. 

Lee, too, has built a reputation as one of the most exciting fighters in the promotion's atomweight division. Her ability to recognize an opening and minimize an opponent's strength is clear for all to see.

All three of her fights have ended via highlight-reel finish, but that streak could be pushed to the edge against "Killer Bee."

Nguyen brings a ‘never say die' attitude into the ONE circle every time she competes, and she has never been stopped during her time in ONE Championship. Because of that, there is reason to believe the veteran could push the teenager to her first three-round fight.

3. Julie Mezabarba

After a couple of narrow defeats against world-class opposition, Julie Mezabarba is eager for a quick return to the Circle.

The Brazilian's ambition to reign as the ONE Women's Atomweight World Champion is still within reach, but we could see her cross paths with the divisional queen's little sister along the way.

A matchup between the pair would be a perfect gauge for both parties. Lee's ability to shut down opponents should undergo a severe litmus test against Mezabarba's experience.

The latter's well-rounded arsenal was apparent in her promotional debut against Yamaguchi, and another similar display could see her across the finish line against "The Prodigy." 

Lee holds some advantages, though. Most notably, her speed and grappling prowess could be the biggest concern for Mezabarba.