MMA Veteran Brian Gassaway Passes Away At 49

Longtime MMA veteran and a pioneer of the midwest mixed martial arts scene, Brian Gassaway, has sadly died at 49.

Gassaway's death was confirmed by a GoFundMe page launched as a memorial fund for his family, but no cause of death has been officially revealed. A 52-fight veteran that competed in the UFC, Bellator, WEC, King of the Cage, Shooto, and Pancrase, Gassaway leaves behind an extensive legacy. He competed against the likes of Diego Sanchez, Yuki Kondo, Ikuhisa Minowa, Vernon White, Nick Thompson, John Alessio, Jose Landi-Jons, Forrest Petz, and Mike Pyle over the course of his career. Gassaway also was inducted into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame back in March 2018 and had been coaching martial arts in the Chicago area. His brother Wesley did make the following post to Facebook that indicated Brian might've been struggling with issues caused by CTE.

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Our entire team at Fightful would like to express our condolences to the Gassaway family, as well as to any of his friends and peers. He leaves behind a wife and son. The following tributes were posted to social media in honor of Gassaway's memory.

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