Former UFC light-heavyweight Ryan Jimmo, 34, was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Alberta, Canada early Sunday morning.
Sharon Jimmo, Ryan’s aunt, confirmed the news with CBC News. According to an earlier report by police, who had not yet identified Jimmo, an altercation occurred between two drivers outside of a sports bar which left one person dead. The victim, who has now been identified as Jimmo, reportedly approached the vehicle of the other driver on foot and then turned around to return to his car when the perpetrator struck him with his pickup truck and fled the scene.
Jimmo’s biggest victory in the octagon came against Anthony Perosh in his UFC debut where he won via knockout in just seven seconds, tying the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history. The 24-fight veteran, who holds wins over Emanuel Newton and Rameau Sokoudjou, was also known for his popular robot dance celebration. In 2015, he was released from the UFC after suffering back-to-back losses.
In a phone interview with CBC News, his aunt described him as a “people person” that “loved everyone.”
"Ryan would help anyone who would need it, he was just that kind of guy. He lived his life the way he wanted, he was happy-go-lucky,” she said.
UFC president Dana White also gave a tribute to Jimmo on Twitter.