The late UFC veteran Ryan Jimmo had an iconic debut that was brought to new fans via ESPN MMA. The 19-5 fighter holds an extraordinary victory celebration which saw him do the ‘Robot’ dance after his KO victory. The mask was reminiscent of the time when Jimmo arrived and is fondly remembered by MMA fans.
Eight years ago today, the late Ryan Jimmo blew up his now legendary robot after a successful UFC debut 🤖 pic.twitter.com/EbEZFA4XX9
– ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 21, 2020
‘The Big Deal’ had mixed success during his promotion term which saw him go 3-4. During his promotion period, which started in 2012, Jimmo fell in love with fans. Not to mention his fun-loving antics as shown above, talk to the kind of optimistic talent that was the light heavyweight.
Ryan Jimmo: a ebb and flow
The fateful accident occurred in June 2016 and was a harsh reminder of the fleeting nature of life. An Edmonton driver was found guilty in Jimmo’s death in a manslaughter case. The man in question was sentenced to 6 years in prison followed by two others for escaping the scene.
Above all, the judge who presided over the case expressed his disappointment at the unnecessary nature of the tragedy. At the time of the verdict, he spoke with a brief statement that touched on the incident involving Ryan Jimmo.
“The case before me this morning is a complete tragedy. A young man died for nothing. Absolutely nothing. “
The entire MMA community mourned the loss of Ryan Jimmo who was viewed as a promising prospect at the time. He had fought elite competition in the weight class like Ovince St.Preux, Sean O’Connell and Jimi Manuwa. Although his performances inside the cage were inconsistent, Jimmo was revered for his fan-friendly fighting style.
The sport of MMA has evolved significantly with each passing year, as new talents emerge within the division.
In addition, fan-friendly fighters such as “The Big Deal” have seen a steady decline considering the increased stakes. Climbing within this sport has become more challenging than ever in large part for a shark tank of elite competitors.
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