Tributes have been rolling in on social media after the tragic demise of 30-year-old British MMA fighter, Jahreau Shepherd.
No explanation for demise has been reported for the fighter, whose passing was confirmed by his MMA promoters.
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Contenders shared a heartbreaking tribute to Shepherd on their Instagram web page, describing the fighter as a “warrior”.
“Everybody at Contenders is completely devastated to listen to of Jahreau Shepherd‘s demise,” the put up learn.
“Jay, our welterweight champion, was massively proficient and nice enjoyable to be round, an enormous character with an enormous smile and infectious chuckle.
“Contained in the cage, he was destined for the highest – a champion in three completely different organisations with heavy palms and a warrior coronary heart.
“Our ideas are with all his household and mates at this horrible time. Relaxation in peace, champ.”
Shepherd considered a ‘true gentleman’
The information was met with deep unhappiness within the combating group, with MMA commentator Michael Morgan expressing his shock and despair over Shepherd’s demise.
“Completely shocked to listen to the information this morning,” Morgan’s Twitter put up learn.
“A real gentleman inside and out of doors the cage. Relaxation in peace #UKMMA’s Jahreau Shepherd.”
His sentiments had been echoed by many struggle followers, who took to social media to pay their respects to the fighter and his household.
Nooooo, say it ain’t so.
— The MMA Manor (@TheMMAManor) July 12, 2020
So loopy. Was an superior dude. All the time pleasant and a pleasure to work with. RIP.
— Richard Blackburn | EXEO (@TheBlackburn82) July 12, 2020
Met Jahreau Shepherd twice. As soon as when he fought at Bellator 200, then when he was working as media at Bellator London. Appeared like a extremely pretty bloke. My ideas are together with his household and mates. RIP. 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/QLTER70Qq4
— Jake Smith (@jakesmithjourno) July 12, 2020
R.I.P. Jahreau Shepherd… british MMA has misplaced a rising star
— Darryl Satcher (@DarrylSatcher) July 12, 2020
Terrible to listen to of the demise of Contenders MMA Welterweight Champion Jahreau Shepherd. A very talked-about member of the UK MMA group.
— Steve (@SCFack) July 12, 2020
Very unhappy information I am listening to about Jahreau Shepherd. Prime bloke and a proficient fighter besides. My condolences exit to his household
RIP Jahreau Shepherd
— EmmettGMMA (@emmettglenn) July 12, 2020
Nicknamed ‘The Nightmare’, Shepherd was a preferred and extremely regarded fighter in the UK.
Considered as a rising star of the game, he was presently on a five-fight profitable streak after beating Quinten de Vreught at Contenders 29 in February to be topped welterweight champion.
He additionally fought beneath firms together with Cage Warriors, Bellator, UCMMA and Fusion FC and boasted a 6-2 profession document within the MMA.
The MMA UK Late present was cancelled on Sunday night after information of his demise was confirmed.