Recent reports now show that a MMA champion is now dead. Ale Cali, who was just 25-years-old, was murdered in cold blood in Davao City, Philippines.
According to local Filipino news site Rappler, the former PXC flyweight champion was shot dead on Sunday, August 16, 2015. The Davao City Police Department is on top of the case, but are refusing to reveal any more details about it pending completion of the investigation. Despite the police department remaining hush-hush, Cali’s friend (who requested anonymity) revealed that Cali was shot in the head by an unidentified gunman in Ulas, Davao City.
Given the fact the shooting happened at 10:30 a.m., PHT has authorities believing Ale Cali’s murder was in cold blood, as reported by Vice. The two scenarios provided are either a personal vendetta or traffic altercation, as detailed by Cali’s anonymous friend.
“It can be one of two things: it could be a personal grudge or a road rage incident. We’ll find out soon. Last I heard, it’s about a business he invested in.”
Unfortunately for MMA, this case will probably tarnish the sport even more if, in fact, the murder was a result of a negative situation. It will probably be added to others that have occurred with the past two years, including Jon Jones’s hit-and-run, War Machine’s domestic assault of ex-girlfriend Christy Mack, and the Diaz Brothers street fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Ale Cali leaves behind a memory of a MMA career which started when he rose to stardom back in February of 2012, when he captured the PXC flyweight championship against Jesse Taitano. “The Young Gun” had five wins and three losses, and was supposed to make his comeback this coming November.
The case of Ale Cali’s murder is still under investigation. The Inquisitr will report any details as soon as those details become available.
[Image via PXC / ABS-CBN]