Report: Former UFC Fighter Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Geane Herrera’s Tragic Death: Former UFC Fighter Dies at 33

Geane Herrera, the former UFC flyweight fighter known as “La Pulga,” has tragically passed away at the age of 33. His life was cut short in a fatal motorcycle accident in Tampa, Florida, leaving the mixed martial arts community in mourning.

 

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Career and Legacy

Herrera’s career in mixed martial arts began in 2011, spanning seven years and 13 fights, including four bouts in the UFC. He made a memorable debut in 2015 against Ray Borg and later secured a notable victory over Joby Sanchez. Herrera’s fighting spirit and dedication were evident throughout his career, earning him respect and admiration within the MMA community.

Ray Borg, one of Herrera’s former opponents, shared his condolences on Instagram, reflecting on their shared experience in the octagon. “Had the pleasure of sharing the octagon with him in 2015,” Borg wrote. “He was a good guy, my prayers are with him and his family during this tough time.”

Details of the Accident

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provided details about the tragic accident that claimed Herrera’s life. The incident occurred around 10:45 PM on Gandy Bridge in Tampa. Herrera was travelling at a high rate of speed when he collided with the rear of another vehicle. The impact propelled him into a concrete barrier, ejecting him from his motorcycle, which subsequently burst into flames. Sadly, Herrera was pronounced dead at the scene. Fortunately, the driver of the other vehicle was unharmed.

Family and Community Mourning

In response to this devastating loss, Herrera’s family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with funeral expenses. The family expressed their grief in a heartfelt statement:

“Our family is devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved Geane Carlos Herrera known in the professional fighting world as ‘La Pulga,’ whose life was cut way too short at only 33 years-old. Geane leaves behind a 16-year-old son, his 3-month pregnant girlfriend, mother, father, sisters, a brother and a family that loves him and will deeply miss him. Geane was full of life, always trying to live life to the fullest, he was a dedicated athlete with big dreams of making a difference and leaving his print in this world. He was such a happy go lucky person that left a mark in everyone that came into his life.”

Post-UFC Career and BKFC Tribute

After his tenure in the UFC, Herrera transitioned to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) in 2021. He continued to showcase his fighting prowess, winning his only bout by technical knockout. BKFC officials confirmed his death and paid tribute to him, recognising his contributions to the sport and his vibrant personality.

Conclusion

Geane Herrera’s untimely death is a significant loss for the UFC and the broader mixed martial arts community. His legacy as a dedicated and passionate fighter will be remembered by all who knew him and watched him compete. As his family and friends mourn his passing, the MMA world reflects on the impact Herrera made during his too-short but memorable career.

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