A Rising Star: CLICKON Exclusive With Andrea Lee

The role of women within mixed martial arts is as important as it’s ever been in 2017, with their position atop numerous UFC cards cementing that statement. Now, however, big names outside of the biggest promotion in the world are starting to make some serious waves – and one of the most notable is Andrea Lee.

The 28-year-old Texan not only has a great look and a charming personality, but she’s also one of the most effective Flyweights in all of combat sports. With the UFC recently using the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter in order to find a new champion at that weight class you’d think she would be involved, but niggling injuries meant it was smarter for Lee to sit on the sidelines and analyse her competition from afar.

“I feel like I’m happy with where I am, but I’m not happy. I’m not gonna be doing this until I’m 40, so I wanna make something happen soon. I’m always striving to do better and be better.”

Which, thankfully, gives her more time to prepare for her upcoming fight against Jamie Thorton on September 22nd.

Andrea is always looking to stay busy whether that’s through getting in a quick game of volleyball or spending time with her daughter, as she told us here at CLICKON during a recent exclusive interview.

With a 7-2 professional record you’d hardly call someone like her a veteran, but given how hard she’s worked over the last eight years we think that she’ll be considered an all-time great once she finally hangs up her gloves.

“She [Ronda Rousey] had two devastating losses, and I hate that she had to go out like that, but I think that you can tell she acts like she’s tough on the outside but I don’t really think she’s that mentally tough. Those two fights broke her, and if she came back she wouldn’t be the same.”

Lee is forever focused on the prize of reaching the UFC, but after becoming a champion in two different companies she mainly wants to ensure that she can obtain enough money for both herself and her family moving forward.

She’s someone who is always going to prioritise those who are around her and when you’ve got someone like that fighting inside of the octagon, it’s a scary possibility. From submissions to knockouts there isn’t much that Andrea doesn’t have in her arsenal, and with women’s MMA at an all-time high she could be the next superstar that the UFC is looking for.

Of course, there has to be an element of realism and Andrea certainly understands that she isn’t going to head straight to the top – but just from listening to her we can tell that once that phone call finally comes she’ll be ready to cease the opportunity.

“The next 18 months are gonna be crazy, it’s gonna be hectic. We’ll see. I feel like I’m going to be in the UFC by the beginning of next year.”

With promotions like Invicta FC continuing to pave the way for more female stars to emerge, Lee is the perfect poster girl when it comes to combining the mainstream appeal and abilities necessary to succeed at the highest level. So with that in mind, is there really anyone that can stop her?