Edmonton police are investigating the hit and run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo.
Investigators say Jimmo, 34, was fatally injured early Sunday morning following an altercation in a parking lot in the Alberta capital.
They allege he had approached the driver of a vehicle and was walking back to his own car when he was struck by a vehicle, which then fled the scene.
Jimmo, who was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, was pronounced dead in hospital.
Late Sunday night police were still looking for the suspect vehicle, described as a dark coloured, customized older model pickup truck.
Known as “The Big Deal” during his MMA career, Jimmo made his sensational UFC debut (at UFC 149) in Calgary in July 2012.
Fighting as a light heavyweight he tied the record for the organization’s fastest knockout when he dispatched Anthony Perosh in just seven seconds. Jimmo celebrated by doing a robot-dance followed by the splits in the middle of the cage.
The six-foot-two 205-pounder had a black belt in karate and was part of UFC’s TV series “The Ultimate Fighter” season eight.
Jimmo went 19-5 in his MMA career, with a 3-4 record in seven UFC fights _ his last fight being a loss to Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 67 in May 2015.
The native Maritimer had most recently lived in Arizona after stints in Edmonton and Halifax.
His death prompted a social media outpouring from the MMA community.
UFC president Dana White tweeted a photo of Jimmo flexing on stage at an unspecified event and the caption “RIP Ryan Jimmo.”
Former UFC combatant Kenny Florian tweeted “So sad to hear the news about Ryan Jimmo.”
From Sean O’Connell — “RyanJimmo KO’d me in my ?UFC debut. But we knew and supported each other long before that. RIP to a man who was much more than a fighter.”
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman tweeted “Wow! Sad to hear about the recent tragic passing of UFC Vet Ryan Jimmo. Terrible! My prayers out to his family during this time.”
And MMA fighter Michael Chiesa tweeted “Jimmo was a cool dude, always a pleasure talking to him & had one of the best victory dances. RIP ryanjimmo.”