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Brian Gassaway, Former UFC Fighter, Dies at 49

by Quentin Blount
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Former UFC fighter Brian Gassaway has died. He was just 49-years-old.

For those out there who don’t know, Gassaway fought professionally in an astounding 52 fights. Some of the promotions he fought for included WEC, Bellator, King of the Cage, Shooto, and Pancrase.

“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, teacher, and mentor, Brian Gassaway,” his GoFundMe page reads. “The samurai lived by an unwritten moral code: the Bushido. Brian embodied the virtues of this code — loyalty, courage, justice, honor, mercy, compassion, character, and self-control — by his actions.”

Gassaway will perhaps be best remembered by one particular fight that took place back in August of 2008. That was the fight against Diego Sanchez on the UFC 54 main card. Gassaway lost the fight by way of TKO in the second round.

“With more than 50 professional MMA firths and countless kickboxing and muay Thai competitions, Brian was one of the most experienced fighters and coaches in the world. It is as a coach where he truly excelled. Brian’s selfless pursuit of improving the lives of his students through the study of martial arts was apparent to all,” the statement reads. “He gave his students purpose, pulling many up during their darkest moments. Being the light that showed them the path forward.”

Family and Friends of Brian Gassaway Set $20,000 Goal for GoFundMe Memorial

As it currently stands, donors have raised more than $12,000 of the original $20,000 goal for Brian Gassaway’s memorial fund. 135 people have donated so far.

Gassaway’s family and friends are thankful for all of the support. And they are proud to have personally known Brian.

“He lived his life with purpose and goodness, dedicating every waking moment to being a better person, husband, friend, fighter, and coach. And at the same time, he elevated the lives of all the people around him.”

The statement continues, “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. 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.”

In the end, Brian Gassaway was always there for the people he loved. That is perhaps the one quality about him that his family and friends will miss the most.

“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, Brian was still there, sitting quietly alongside you.”