Andrea Lee is a decorated mixed martial artist and a fighter in the strawweight division that many have been watching as she rises to the top of her class. Lee’s UFC debut has been delayed due to a stipulation with the promotion’s USADA drug testing protocol, but she is now ready to go and step into the octagon for the first time.
Lee began training martial arts later than most but has racked up numerous titles during her rise to prominence.
“I started training at age 20 in 2009,” she said, via UFC.com. “I was a waitress in a sports bar and was constantly exposed to the UFC events shown there. Having always been the rough and tumble tomgirl type, I was fascinated. As my interest grew, I found a gym and a trainer and I never looked back. What a fateful decision.
“As an amateur I was 9-3 in MMA. I won several regional titles along the way. I was also a three-time Muay Thai World champ through the IKF and TBA. I was a two-time North American champ through the WKA. I won two state Golden Gloves boxing titles, two regional Golden Gloves and 1 Women’s National Golden Gloves. I am also a two-time Naga World champ and a two-time North American Champ”
Currently, Lee trains at Karate Mafia, which has allowed her to focus full-time on improving her skill set.
“I live and train in the most serene place in the world. It’s a 20 acre “fight” ranch which is surrounded by a 40 acre lake complete with everything I need to train on the highest level. From agility fields to state of the art wrestling rooms, Muay Thai pavilions and even housing for incoming training partners,” she explained. “Because I’ve been able to eliminate the commute between gyms, it’s allowed me more time for both training and resting with my family because we rarely leave the ranch. Monday through Thursday, I do cardio from 8-845, strength or agility on alternating mornings from 845-945, Muay Thai from 10:00-1200, 12-1 free roll, rest for lunch 1-330, then back at 330 for MMA until 530. Friday is my rest day. Saturday is a half day – open bags and ring for heavy sparring. Sunday is a half day – open mat for three hours of gi training. ”
Lee is set to make her UFC debut on Saturday, May 19 against Veronica Macedo at UFC Fight Night 129 in Santiago, Chile. The event will air live on FOX Sports 1.