Tragic news has emerged from Brazil that Felipe Colares, a former UFC fighter, has passed away at the age of 29. MMA Fighting has confirmed that Colares was hit by a bus on Monday morning while returning home from training in Rio de Janeiro. The fighter was rushed to Hospital Rocha Faria in Campo Grande but, unfortunately, he did not survive the accident and was pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital. His coach, Rodrigo Babi, revealed this sad news to Combate.
Colares began his professional MMA career in 2015, and went on to become the Jungle Fight featherweight champion before joining the UFC in 2019. During his three years at the promotion, he secured two wins over Domingo Pilarte and Luke Sanders, but also suffered losses to Chris Gutierrez and Chase Hooper. In the wake of his defeats, Colares parted ways with the company.
However, he made a triumphant return to the sport this past February, eight months after welcoming his first child, with a successful submission victory over Alioune Nahaye in Paris, France under the Ares FC banner. The win improved Colares’ overall record to 11-4 in MMA.
Felipe Colares’ passing has sent shockwaves through the MMA community, and tributes have poured in from all corners of the sport. He will be fondly remembered as a talented and tenacious fighter, and our thoughts are with his family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.