Shalie Lipp

Shalie Lipp, amateur MMA fighter, killed in car crash two weeks before fight

Shalie Lipp, 21, was killed in a car accident on I-94 on the Red River Bridge in Moorhead, Minnesota on Sunday morning.

Police say the May 7 incident happened around 11:30 a.m.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash. The first vehicle was 2015 Chevy Malibu with two passengers, one of which died.

The other vehicle was a 2017 Jeep Cherokee with three passengers.

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash, however, the extent of injuries has not yet been determined for the other passengers.

Lipp, who held a 3-2 record in amateur mixed martial arts, trained out of the Academy of Combat Arts in Fargo and was scheduled for an amateur fight on May 20 in Detroit Lakes.

The “No Mercy 11” MMA card at the Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota was to pair Lipp up against Natalie Gage (3-1).

Jeremy Bjornberg, who represents the promoters of “No Mercy,” said, “I was also a good friend of Shalie. … She was the definition of someone who lit up a room with excitement, talent and charisma.”

Bjornber said Lipp “had an amazing work ethic she had only been back a few days from a month of training in Thailand. … At 19 years old, she started fighting the top fighters in the Midwest. … She was someone everyone knew was going to go somewhere and end up in the UFC.”

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