Iuri Lapicus, a former ONE Championship title challenger, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Italy
The incident reportedly occurred in the "northwest hinterland of Milan" where Lapicus was found in a coma after losing control of his motorcycle and smashing into a 69-year-old woman's car.
Lapicus was airlifted to the Niguarda hospital in Milan, where he was pronounced dead.
The report states that the woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital for shock after Lapicus was thrown "a few meters."
He fought Lee in October 202 for the ONE welterweight title in Singapore. He lost via TKO.
In March 2021 he spoke about how martial arts helped him to integrate into a new country at a young age.
“The toughest hardship I faced was integration. Being a teenager in a new country, not speaking the local language, is really difficult,” he told Nathan McCarter. “In this process, sport, and martial arts, in particular, helped me a lot. Contact sports, in general, are such an effective way to let off steam in the proper way, and it also helped me a lot with my self-discipline and self-esteem.”
14-time world champion kickboxer Giorgio Petrosyan shared a tribute to Lapicus on Instagram writing, "want to remember you like this," along with several photos of his friend.
At press time ONE Championship has not posted about the death.