Kimo Leopoldo's "Death" No Longer Confirmed, Statement to Be Made Soon
After a Whirlwind of Media Attention, Famous UFC 3 Star Not Dead After All
In the world of Mixed Martial Arts, Kimo Leopoldo will forever be known as the man that took Royce Gracie to the limit. At the UFC 3 tournament, Kimo pushed Gracie harder than anyone had ever done before that point in time, to the point where Gracie, despite beating the big man eventually, had no choice but to pull out of the tournament. In interviews past and present, Gracie has repeatedly stated that his fight with Kimo left him so dehydrated that he could barely move or see.
The rest of Kimo’s career has been a long line of hits and misses, but none can ever doubt that he had a profound effect on UFC 3 and the UFC in general- Gracie’s pull-out followed by Ken Shamrock’s pull-out allowed Steve Jennum, who hadn’t fought a single fight, to immediately advance to the finals, which he won. This, in turn, caused the UFC to begin to rethink its entire strategy and “tournament” format.
In the short term, however, it’s been hard not to see his name pop up again and again in various news sites. Multiple media outlets reported the fighter’s apparent death early yesterday. TMZ first “confirmed” the story, which led it to being posted around the internet as fact. Although Kimo hasn’t competed since 2006, the news caused quite a stir in the MMA community.
Despite a troubled past- Kimbo has had a history of substance abuse, testing positive for steroids several times in his career- MMAMania.com can now confirm that the fighter is alive and well, having reached his publicist, Bob Trieger. A statement is expected to be made soon.