It's a sad day in the MMA world, as news broke this morning that Josh Samman, 28-year-old UFC Middleweight, had passed away, less than a week after slipping into a coma. The cause of death is still undetermined, as Samman was found unresponsive in his South Florida Apartment, along with his roommate who was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital, and authorities determined no foul play was involved.
I clearly know no details about this situation, and it is rumored the men died as a result of drug overdoses, however, Samman's mother denied those rumors in a statement to FOX, and I am obligated to believe her, as Samman was really one of the good guys, and deserves our benefit of the doubt.
(Part of his mother's statement): “In spite of speculation, there was no heroin found in Josh’s system whatsoever. No matter what people are posting on social media. The reason I am making this statement is because Josh touched so many lives, and loved inspiring others, especially young people. I don’t want them to lose faith in him, and whatever he brought out in them, because of the lies. He would want them to ‘never give up.'”
Josh Samman had an overall record of 12-4, and was 3-2 in the UFC, and was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter season 17, making it to the semi-finals of the show, where he lost to eventual winner, Kelvin Gastelum.
Josh has been regarded as one of the most genuine human beings inside the sport of MMA, and the UFC specifically, and his death has drawn a great deal of attention from both fighters, and the MMA world outside the octagon, as Josh was also a well established writer for BloodyElbow.com and commentator.
Josh dealt with more than his fair share of demons, and in 2013, his girlfriend died in a single car crash - while she and Josh were texting. Samman has battled substance abuse, and opened up about his experiences, and how the UFC has helped clean up all aspect of the sport, in an article he wrote for UFC.com (http://www.ufc.com/news/meet-jeff-novitzky-ufc-lead-anti-doping).
Rest in peace Josh, condolences to his friends and family, God Bless.