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Shalie Lipp dies aged 21: MMA fighter passes away weeks before big fight

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter Shalie Lipp lost her life in a car accident just a few weeks before the biggest fight of her career.

The 21-year-old fighter, who was scheduled to face Natalie Gage on May 20 at Ignite No Mercy 11 at the Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes, was involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 94 in Minnesota when the car she was in collided with another vehicle. Lipp was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident at Red River Bridge, Moorhead.

Shalie Lipp

Shalie Lipp, luchadora de MMA de 21 años, muere en un accidente de tráficoInstagram (@shalielipp)

"My heart is absolutely broken," her coach, Eric Sweeney, wrote on social media.

"You were such a wonderful human, full of promise and drive. One of the few people I've ever met that was truly reaching for greatness.

"And I will never forget you. It is beyond my mind's capacity today to think that I won't see you this week ...or ever again. We were just cracking the code.

"Being your friend will change me forever. It already has. Thank you for all of the moments. All of our discussions, both personal and professional. The laughs, the tears, and every emotion in between. I will remember all of them. I am grateful for all of them."

The young Colorado fighter, who had an amateur record of three wins and two losses, was in Thailand preparing for her highly anticipated bout.

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