Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Death is a hard thing to get past and the death of Shawn Tompkins was a shocking one to say the least. Tompkins was only 37 years old when he passed and the men he trained came together and pressed on with his memory in tow.
The lessons he taught brought guys like Mark Hominick to elite levels. It's definitely a testament to his memory that the last fight Hominick was in with Tompkins alive happened to be a UFC title fight against Jose Aldo, one that Hominick showed plenty of heart in, but just couldn't get the decision.
Since then, Hominick does have a couple more losses under his belt, but he still presses on and is still a threat in the 145-pound division.
It wouldn't be fair to mention Tompkins and not mention others that he has trained. Chris Horodecki fought at Bellator 57 in November 2011, only two months after Tompkins' passing and being there for the fight was a surreal experience.
Adrenaline Training Center fighters came together and supported their guy and although he scored a majority draw against Mike Corey, he never quit and I actually had him winning the fight.
Canadian Sam Stout is also a fighter who learned his striking under Tompkins and the death hit home for him, being that Tompkins was also married to Stout's sister, Emilie.
Dedication to a sport and showing love for a sport is defined by how hard these guys worked to be the best and giving unbelievable performances for themselves, their teammates and their late great coach.
Watch this video and hear the stories from names you know and how they were touched by Tompkins' training, his personality and his life.