Dana White and Conor McGregor pay tribute to MMA star killed days before fight

Dana White and Conor McGregor have sent touching tributes in memory of rising MMA star Shalie Lipp, who tragically passed away recently. Lipp died in a two-car accident on Interstate 94 in Minnesota on Sunday morning.

The 21-year-old was the passenger of a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu in the incident. Minnesota State Patrol reported that the car which Lipp was in “made contact” with a 2017 Jeep Cherokee travelling eastbound on the Red River Bridge at 11.30am, Sunday morning.

Lipp, who was from Colorado, was said to be the only occupant of the two vehicles not wearing a seatbelt, according to a report from Valley News Live, with the others escaping uninjured from the horror crash.

It was scheduled that Lipp would fight on May 20 in the main event of Ignite No Mercy 11 in the Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes. She was also a member of the Academy of Combat Arts in Fargo, Minnesota.

Lipp only recently returned from a training camp in Thailand where she was practising MMA and Muay Thai. Before her tragic passing, the 21-year-old had a record of three wins and two losses. She was the daughter of area sportscaster Rollie Lipp and North Dakota State College of Science Hall of Famer Jennie Bucholz.

White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has now sent a touching tribute for Lipp. His Instagram post had a photo of the rising MMA star, accompanied with the caption: “I KNOW YOUR NAME……. RIP.”

In a comment on his own post, White went on to explain the reason for his caption.

“She is a 21 year old amateur MMA fighter who just passed away in a car accident,” wrote White. “She was supposed to fight May 20th and just got home from training in Thailand.

“Her mother found her journal and I guess at the end of every entry she would write ‘Dana White will know my name.’

“Lauren Murphy called and told Mick Maynard the story and it broke my heart. My condolences to her family and friends.”

Renowned MMA star McGregor was among many people to comment on White’s post. His message simply featured a love heart and prayer sign emojis.

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