There were multiple reports springing up earlier that stated that Kimo Leopoldo had died due to a heart attack at 41 years old and it has now been revealed that those reports were false.
Kimo’s attorney Victor Hobbs has since reported to Yahoo! Sports that the claims are false and Leopoldo has not passed away after all.
Kimo was one of the originals on the UFC roster and was made famous after his legendary fight with Royce Gracie at UFC 3. They were paired up in the first round of the tournament and Kimo ended up on the wrong end of a Gracie Jiu Jitsu armbar. Gracie however, was so exhausted after the encounter that he was unable to fight again.
Preventing Gracie from advancing on in the tournament for the chance of claiming his third strait, and what would have been the third of an eventual four UFC tournament titles, Kimo earned much respect as the first to gain any sort of victory over Gracie, even if only a personal one. He was also known for his strong religious beliefs as he even came out for his bout with Gracie with an awkwardly large cross on his back.
Kimo went on to fight for a 12 year career that ended in 2006 with an eventual record of 10-7-1. He fought 5 times for the UFC and fought the likes of Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Kazushi Sakuraba, Dan Severn, Tank Abbot and Patrick Smith throughout his MMA career.