According to multiple reports today, UFC veteran Ryan Jimmo has passed away after being struck by a vehicle in Edmonton, Canada in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was just 34-years-old.
The police report from the incident, as reported by CBC News, noted that a verbal altercation had taken place between the victim, identified as Jimmo by his aunt, and another individual, parked in a car outside a bar at around 2:15 a.m.
As he walked away from the vehicle, the suspected reportedly accelerated and struck Jimmo before fleeing the scene. The 19-5 Mixed Martial Arts fighter was rushed to hospital but died from the injuries sustained.
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"The Big Deal", as he was known in the UFC octagon, was a member of the organisation for three years between 2012-2015 and became something of a cult figure amongst fans for his eccentric celebrations.
Jimmo left the organisation in 2015 after a loss to Francimar Barroso at a UFC Fight Night event in May of that year took his record in the company to 3-4. UFC president Dana White was amongst the first to pay his respects today, though, after reports of the Canadian's death emerged:
Perhaps his most iconic moment in the octagon came when facing Anthony Perosh at UFC 149 in 2012.
Taking just seven seconds to KO his opponent, Jimmo ensured his place in the history books with one of the fastest knockouts in the promotion's history.
"A great guy"
Speaking to CBC, the former fighter's aunt, Sharon, described the 34-year-old as a "happy-go-lucky" guy:
"It's terrible, it's hard to wrap your head around, it just doesn't seem possible," she explained.
""He was a people person, he loved everyone. He was so kind. He was a fighter but personally he was a great guy.
"Ryan would help anyone would need it, he was just that kind of guy. He lived his life the way he wanted, he was happy-go-lucky."
The Edmonton police are still searching for the suspect vehicle which was "a dark-coloured pickup truck...occupied by at least two Caucasian males," and they are unsure whether Jimmo had a previous relationship with the suspect.
Today's tragic news is the second time this month that the UFC have had to say goodbye to one of their former fighters far too early. Ryan Jimmo's passing comes three weeks on from the death of Kimbo Slice at the age of 42.