The MMA world has been left in shock after the tragic death of up-and-coming fighter Shalie Lipp, who died in a car accident just two weeks before her scheduled fight. The amateur mixed martial artist was set to challenge for the flyweight title at Ignite No Mercy 11 in Detroit Lakes against Natalie Gage. Her death has prompted an outpouring of support from the MMA community, including UFC president Dana White.
White was informed of Lipp's death by former women's flyweight title challenger Lauren Murphy, and he was understandably devastated by the news. During the UFC Charlotte post-fight news conference, he spoke about Lipp's dedication to her dream of competing in the UFC:
"That girl hurt me bad. It messed me up for a few days. Tragic things happen every day. That one got me... Her mom found her journal and at the end of every entry she wrote, 'Dana White will know my name.'"
Lipp's journal was discovered by her mother, revealing her unwavering commitment to her goal of being recognized by top MMA organizations. Her dedication and hard work had put her on the path to achieving that goal. White also revealed that he had been in contact with Lipp's mother to offer his condolences and support:
"I posted about her. I've talked to her mom a couple of times. I think I've been annoying her mom since I found out [about the story]. I did the best I could do over the last several days."
The MMA community has rallied around Lipp's family, with many paying tribute to the young fighter on social media.
The UFC also paid tribute to Lipp by placing a memorial sticker with her name on the cage door at UFC Charlotte. Lipp's death serves as a reminder of the dangers that athletes face every day, and the importance of cherishing every moment of life.