Angela Lee Opens Up on the Difficulty of Being a Pro Athlete and a Mother

Jul 13, 2021

“Unstoppable” has to think three moves ahead now.

Earlier this year, Angela Lee (10-2) became the mother of a beautiful child, Ava Marie. That’s why fans haven’t seen the 25-year old fighter competing inside the Circle for a while. Now, the One Championship atomweight queen is waiting to see how the upcoming atomweight grand prix plays out before making her return to competition. Since becoming a mother, her life has taken a 180-degree turn, as she has now to schedule around the baby’s needs. Speaking to Sherdog, the Evolve MMA representative expressed her thoughts on how tough it is balancing life as a mother and a professional fighter.

“Oh, it’s tough,” she said. “I thought I had an idea on what to expect before I had my daughter. When I was pregnant, I knew it would be hard, but it’s just on another level. When you are a single person, and you are just focusing on your career, you really can just be selfish and take all the time you need to take care of yourself. When you become a mother, when you become a parent, you really have to schedule your time wisely, and, of course, I am making time to get back in the gym and train again, but also a large amount of time is to take care of Ava. I want to be able to be there for her whenever she needs me. So yeah, it’s just about being smart with my time now.”

Tudor Leonte started writing about mixed martial arts in 2013 for Italian media outlets. His journey with Sherdog began in 2018 and now he covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @MrTudorLeonte.

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