Shalie Lipp, who some suggested would be the next female star in the UFC, died in a car accident Sunday in Minnesota. she was 21 years old
Lipp was one of two passengers in a Chevy Malibu when it struck a Jeep Cherokee on the Red River Bridge at I-94 in Moorhead, according to Valley News Live.
The wrestler was the only person of the five people in the accident not to wear a seatbelt. She was also the only fatality. Both vehicles were traveling east on the highway when the Malibu made contact with the Jeep.
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Lipp was scheduled to fight in the No Mercy XI at Kent Freeman Arena at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on May 20.
No one on the Cherokee was injured.
The interstate was temporarily closed Sunday as officials cleared the scene. The accident is still under investigation.
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Lipp had recently returned from a month-long training session in Thailand, according to the New York Post.
«He had an incredible work ethic, having only returned a few days after a month of training in Thailand,» said MMA promoter Jeremy Bjornberg. «At 19, he started fighting the best fighters in the Midwest…He was someone everyone knew was going to go somewhere and end up in the UFC.»
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Lipp went 3-2 in his amateur MMA career.