Ryan Jimmo, Former UFC Fighter, Dies at Age 34

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured Columnist

GOIANIA, BRAZIL - MAY 30:  Ryan Jimmo of Canada punches Francimar Barroso of Brazil in their light heavyweight UFC bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Arena Goiania on May 30, 2015 in Goiania.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship star Ryan Jimmo was killed in Edmonton, Alberta, in a hit-and-run incident on June 26 at the age of 34.

The ex-UFC fighter's aunt, Sharon Jimmo, spoke to CBC News and confirmed the news her nephew had died, saying it "doesn't seem possible":

He was a people person, he loved everyone. He was so kind. He was a fighter but personally he was a great guy.

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. ...

It's terrible, it's hard to wrap your head around, it just doesn't seem possible. 

His aunt, per Mack Lamoureux of CBC News, said Jimmo was preparing to move back to Edmonton and was "only in the city for a couple of days" before the incident.

CBC News said police reported the car that struck Jimmo "was occupied by at least two Caucasian males" at the time of the incident, which occurred in the car park of the H2O Lounge on Whyte Avenue and 101st Street.

FoxSports.com's Damon Martin reported on Wednesday that "Edmonton police have arrested and charged two suspects in connection with the hit-and-run." Martin continued:

According to a release from Edmonton Police on Wednesday, 23-year-old Anthony Getschel and 21-year-old Jordan Wagner were arrested after an investigation into a hit-and-run that occurred Sunday night that left Jimmo dead a few hours later. 

Getschel was charged with second-degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and failure to stop at scene of accident involving death.

Wagner was charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

UFC President Dana White paid his respects to the fighter, who last represented the promotion just over a year ago, boasting a mixed martial arts record of 19-5:

Dana White @danawhite

RIP Ryan Jimmo https://t.co/ZPMHGhRAGl

Jimmo last fought for the UFC at a UFC Fight Night event in May 2015, when he lost to light heavyweight opponent Francimar Barroso via unanimous decision.

White wasn't alone in sending his respects to Jimmo, either, as former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman joined those mourning his death:

Chris Weidman @chrisweidman

Wow! Sad to hear about the recent tragic passing of UFC Vet Ryan Jimmo. Terrible! My prayers out to his family during this time.

Jimmo got his UFC start on the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, the show that also gave fellow heavyweight Roy Nelson his first chance with the promotion:

Roy Nelson @roynelsonmma

My thoughts and prayers go out @RyanJimmo family. Life is to short. @ufc #family #love #rip https://t.co/PD2SZlkcv4

Jimmo's most famous moment in the UFC was his seven-second knockout of Anthony Perosh at UFC 149, and lightweight Michael Chiesa provided a timely reminder of the veteran at his comedic best:

Michael Chiesa @MikeMav22

Jimmo was a cool dude, always a pleasure talking to him & had one of the best victory dances. RIP @ryanjimmo https://t.co/vtQtas10IG


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