Former UFC fighter, 52-fight veteran Brian Gassaway dead at 49

Previous UFC fighter Brian Gassaway has actually passed away at 49.

A veteran of 52 expert battles, Gassaway contended worldwide for numerous significant promos likewise consisting of WEC, Bellator, King of the Cage, Shooto and Pancrase.

According to a GoFundMe released for funeral service expenditures, in addition to various posts from loved ones on his individual Facebook page, Gassaway touched the lives of lots of – especially in the Chicago-area combined martial arts circle. No cause of death has actually been exposed.

Gassaway contended as soon as in the UFC in August 2008 versus Diego Sanchez on the UFC 54 primary card. He lost the battle by second-round TKO. The only look in the UFC took place in between 2 WEC battles – a no contest versus Ross Ebanez and a loss to John Alessio.

In August 2010, Gassaway combated and won a unanimous choice versus Kevin Knabjian in front of a house crowd in Chicago. One battle later on, Gassaway retired from professional mixed martial arts competitors and focused exclusively on training. In 2018, Gassaway was inducted into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Popularity.

“Whether you were training for a fight on the big stage, competing in a smoker in a church basement, or training just to better yourself, Brian showed you the same love, effort, and attention,” the GoFundMe explains. “You always felt safe knowing that he was in the corner. His calmness gave you confidence as he wrapped your hands in preparation to go into battle.

“His words gave you the knowledge from the experience of the countless wars he fought as you marched to the ring. And his energy gave you strength and courage as the bell rang and you walked into the fire. One thing was certain: You always knew that Brian was fighting right there alongside you. And after the fights were fought, after the fans left the stadium, after the lights went dark, Brain was still there, sitting quietly alongside you.”

“Mandingo” leaves an other half and one boy.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.