Up-and-coming mixed martial arts star Shirley Lipp, 21, dies in car crash

Shirley Lipp, who some suggested could be the UFC’s next female star, died Sunday in a car accident in Minnesota. she was 21 years old.

According to Valley News Live, Rip was one of two people in the Chevrolet Malibu when it collided with the Jeep Cherokee on Interstate 94’s Red River Bridge in Moorhead State. rice field.

The fighter was the only one of the five people involved in the accident who was not wearing a seatbelt. She was also the only deceased. Both vehicles were traveling east on the highway when the Malibu collided with the Jeep.


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A full view of the Octagon during UFC 242 at The Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 7, 2019. (eff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Rip was scheduled to fight No Mercy XI on May 20 at the Kent Freeman Arena at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

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There were no casualties on the Cherokee.

The interstate was temporarily closed Sunday as authorities cleared the site. This accident is still under investigation.

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Octagon full view of Dana White ahead of Week 10 of Contender Series Season 5 at UFC APEX on November 2, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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According to reports, Lip had recently returned from a month-long training session in Thailand. new york post.

“She had just returned home after a month of training in Thailand and had a great work ethic,” said MMA promoter Jeremy Bjornberg. “At 19, she started fighting some of the top fighters in the Midwest…she was someone we all knew was going somewhere and eventually going to the UFC.”


Rip went 3-2 in his amateur MMA career.

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