Josh Samman (1988 - 2016)

Josh Samman, a mixed martial arts star on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s reality TV series “The Ultimate Fighter,” died Oct. 5, 2016, in Hollywood, Florida, after being hospitalized late last week, according to multiple news sources. He was 28.

The death was announced by UFC in a news statement on its website.

“The UFC sends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Josh Samman,” the release said.

“A popular figure in the mixed martial arts world who was embraced by the community not just for his fighting ability but for his writing and accessibility to fans and his fellow media members, the Tallahassee native was always searching for the next adventure, whether in the Octagon or in life,” the UFC said.

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Samman, who was born March 14, 1988, in Des Moines, Iowa, grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He competed in UFC’s middleweight division. He made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2007, recording nine wins and two losses over the next five years.

In January 2013, Samman joined the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.” He competed through July 2016.

Samman, who wrote for, also wrote “The Housekeeper: Love, Death, and Prizefighting.” The memoir chronicles his life struggles with substance abuse, injuries, and his relationship with Hailey Bevis, his longtime girlfriend. Bevis preceded Samman in death Aug. 30, 2013, in an auto accident.

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