Josh Samman, a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who is competing in the Middleweight Division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is reportedly in a coma. “Anqa” was found unresponsive in his home and is now in the hospital fighting for his life.
According to a written article by the Tallahassee Democrat, it reports that Josh Samman had returned to town Tuesday after training and encouraging others in MMA, then he was in a South Florida hospital in critical condition. Details of the situation are very fragmented since most are coming from friends, media sources, and UFC bloggers. However, when put together, it comes up that the 28-year-old Samman remained in critical condition on Sunday morning. His roommate, Troy Kirkingburg, a 28-year-old MMA announcer for local Florida promotions who attended Florida State, was pronounced dead on arrival.
The MMA community is in shock of the situation pondering what happened to Josh Samman as well as Troy Kirkingburg. Sky Rudloe, a 36-year-old fellow MMA fighter and owner of Train. Fight. Win. on West Gaines Street where Samman worked out, provided a statement on behalf of the community.
“There are so many people in town here who were inspired to get into this sport because of Josh. We are just sitting here with held breath hoping for the best and praying. It kind of hit us all right in the teeth. There’s not enough good stuff to say about the both of them. He [Samman] is a tough guy, he fights through things. We are all hoping he comes through.”
According to a follow-up article written by MMA Fighting, it reports that UFC is aware of the situation about Josh Samman’s critical condition. They have been in touch with his management team.
For those who might be unfamiliar with Josh Samman, he is a seasoned MMA fighter who’s been competing since 2007 when he first fought and defeated Travis Miller via unanimous decision at Reality Combat Championship 1. He made his UFC debut on back in 2013 when he fought and defeated Kevin Casey at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale.
After that, Josh Samman would win two more fights against Eddie Gordon at UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler and Caio Magalhães at The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzillians Finale. Samman would suffer his first loss to returning Tamdan McCrory at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2. The “Barn Cat” choked him out 4:10 into the third round. Samman would also lose against Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker. In all, Josh Samman’s MMA record is 12-4-0 and 3-2-0 specifically in UFC.
Besides his MMA fighting career, Josh Samman also gained recognition and fame as a writer. Samman’s articles are published on SB Nation as well as many other websites. He is also an author who wrote The Housekeeper: Love, Death & Prizefighting. The autobiography released back in April of this year which revealed many of Samman’s inner demons. Such includes his struggles with substance abuse and the tragic passing of his girlfriend, Hailey Bevis, back in 2013 when she died in a single-car accident reportedly from texting and driving.
The MMA community is asking everyone who loves MMA, either they be fans, fighters, or media, to pray for Josh Samman. Let’s hope “Anqa” receives a speedy recovery.
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