Former UFC light-heavyweight Ryan Jimmo was reportedly killed this past weekend in a hit-and-run incident. The Karate black belt was just 34 years-old.
The CBC is reporting that Jimmo’s aunt has confirmed he was killed in a hit-and-run, which took place in the parking lot of a bar in Edmonton, Alberta. The CBC had reported the incident earlier, but the initial report did not include Jimmo’s name.
According to police, Jimmo was struck by a a dark-coloured pickup truck as he walked away from it, following an altercation with at least two males in the vehicle. Authorities are looking for the males as well as anyone who witnessed the incident.
In the follow-up story from the CBC, Jimmo’s aunt, Sharon Jimmo, was quoted saying this about the fighter.
“He was a people person, he loved everyone. He was so kind,” said Jimmo. “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.”
Jimmo hadn’t fought since May, 2015, when he lost via unanimous decision to Francimar Barroso. The accomplished striker, who was known for his robot dance celebrations, made his UFC debut in 2012. The Canadian KO’d Anthony Perosh in just 7 seconds.
During his time with the UFC, Jimmo proceeded to go 3-4. The New Brunswick native won various Karate championships during his competitive career, before transitioning into pro MMA back in 2007.
Before being signed to the UFC, Jimmo competed for the Maximum Fighting Championship where he won the light-heavyweight title.