See how the MMA community pays massive respect to Kobe Bryant
Sunday began as a normal end to the week for most of the MMA community. The results from UFC Raleigh and Bellator 238 made up most of the headlines, but then tragedy struck, and condolences began to flow. The world famous basketball and LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant had tragically died in a helicopter crash, along with his daughter and all others on board. Afterwards, the MMA community was quick to pay respects to Bryant, all he accomplished and the legacy he will leave.
Future MMA legends such as Daniel Cormier, Israel Adesanya, Michael Bisping and Jorge Masvidal were among those who paid respects and offered condolences. The amount of love that poured from the MMA community was certainly also telling of how much of an inspiration Bryant was. His influence transcended the sport of basketball, and he will be sorely missed.
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Former MMA double champ Cormier was one of the first to offer condolences to Kobe Bryant and his family.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) January 26, 2020
A million apologies and condolences we just lost a super athlete #ripKobe
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) January 26, 2020
Former middleweight champ Bisping reminded his followers to be grateful and take advantage of the time we have.
I am beyond sorry for the loss of Kobe Bryant and all fellow passengers on that fateful flight. He left a legacy few can hold a candle to. Remember, tomorrow is not guaranteed, LIVE YOUR FUCKING LIFE!!!
— michael (@bisping) January 26, 2020
“I am beyond sorry for the loss of Kobe Bryant and all fellow passengers on that fateful flight,” Bisping wrote. “He left a legacy few can hold a candle to. Remember, tomorrow is not guaranteed, LIVE YOUR FUCKING LIFE!!!”
Just sad man…
Woke up to the news and it’s sad az.
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) January 26, 2020
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) January 26, 2020
No way. So sad 🙏🏼 https://t.co/xZNIXCg4c1
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) January 26, 2020
Can’t believe what I just heard. My heart is broken. God bless his family. @kobebryant
— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) January 26, 2020
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 26, 2020
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) January 26, 2020
Just landed … Heartbreaking news. Rest In Peace to an absolute legend.
— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) January 26, 2020
Horrible!!!! RIP my man 😞🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/anrin1KfWZ
— Dana White (@danawhite) January 26, 2020