British MMA champion Jahreau Shepherd has tragically handed away on the age of 30.
Shepherd, who was welterweight champion with MMA promotion Contenders, is believed to have died abruptly on Saturday.
The reason for demise is but to be confirmed, with Contender confirming the premature information on Instagram.
An announcement posted to the social media web site learn: “Everybody at Contenders is completely devastated to listen to of Jahreau Shepherd‘s demise.
“Jay, our welterweight champion, was massively proficient and nice enjoyable to be round, a giant character with an enormous smile and infectious chortle.
“Contained in the cage, he was destined for the highest – a champion in three completely different organisations with heavy arms and a warrior coronary heart.
“Our ideas are with all his household and associates at this horrible time. Relaxation in peace, champ.”
Tributes have flooded in for Shepherd from the MMA world following the devastating loss.
MMA commentator Michael Morgan was amongst these mourners, tweeting: “Completely shocked to listen to the information this morning.
“A real gentleman inside and out of doors the cage. Relaxation in peace UK MMA’s Jahreau Shepherd.”
Movie director Bobby Razak, who has a long-standing affiliation with MMA, mentioned: “RIP Jahreau Shepherd could your journey proceed in bliss.”
Shepherd, who was beforehand on Cage Warriors’ books, additionally competed in Bellator, UCMMA and Fusion FC.
He overcome the problem of Quinten de Vreught by unanimous choice in February at Contenders 29 to clinch the welterweight championship.
Nicknamed ‘The Nightmare’, Shepherd had a 6-2 report in skilled MMA, which included 5 knockout victories.
The MMA UK Late present was cancelled on Sunday night time in wake of the tragic information.