Tragedy has struck the MMA community as UCMMA Welterweight Champion and Bellator MMA veteran Jahreau Shepherd was murdered in London, England.
A report from The Evening Standard states that Shepherd was murdered after being stabbed to death during his thirtieth birthday party. Police and medical personnel were called to the establishment where Shepherd lived and his body was discovered on the front lawn, where the fighter would be pronounced dead a short time later.
Shepherd was reportedly stabbed moments after holding a birthday party barbecue and no suspect(s) has been named at this time, an investigation is being conducted at this time by the Scotland Yard. Another person was reportedly stabbed at the party as well, but that person, who is twenty six years old, is expected to survive.
The fighter had a 6-2-0 record as a professional MMA fighter, defeating John Jasinski at UCMMA 61 in November of last year to win the promotion’s welterweight title. Shepherd also competed in Bellator MMA at Bellator 200, defeating Marcin Zywica by first round TKO.