About Luke Lessei
Born and raised in the quaint Midwestern town of Dubuque, Iowa, Luke “The Chef” Lessei has emerged as a rising star in Muay Thai.
From a young age, martial arts was woven into the fabric of his life. Lessei’s formative years were spent at Dubuque Martial Arts Group — his father’s esteemed gym.
It was within the walls of his patriarch’s training facility that Lessei was introduced to “the art of eight limbs.” Quickly rising through the ranks, he became the gym’s most promising striker, showcasing a natural talent that set him apart from his peers.
While Lessei balanced the rigors of high school and engaged in sports like cross-country running and soccer, Muay Thai remained the core of his daily routine. Under his father’s strict guidance, he cultivated his skills, gradually realizing the extent of his potential.
In 2020, he made the pivotal decision to turn professional, marking the beginning of a transformative chapter. Enduring a challenging two years of training outside Dubuque away from his father’s direct influence, Lessei matured as a competitor. This instance led him to be discovered by ONE Championship.
At ONE Fight Night 17 on Prime Video this December 8, Lessei is poised to prove that he belongs among the best of the best in the world’s largest martial arts organization. There, “The Chef” makes his promotional debut, squaring off against “Smokin” Jo Nattawut in a featherweight Muay Thai showdown.