Mixed martial arts fighter Jordan Young died Saturday at the age of 27, ESPN confirmed Tuesday with the Broward County, Florida, Office of Forensic Medical and Trauma Services.
Young, a 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) light heavyweight, had most recently fought with the PFL. His cause and manner of death are pending, according to a spokesman for the coroner.
PFL’s American Top Team gym announced Young’s death on Sunday.
“It is with great regret that we have learned of the passing of our teammate Jordan Young,” tweeted the American Top Team. “Our team is shocked and deeply saddened by this news. A great teammate, we will all miss him deeply. Thoughts and prayers for his family. RIP for this warrior.”
Young wrestled for PFL on October 27, the promotion’s last card of the year. He beat Omari Akhmedov by TKO in the third round, snapping a two-game losing streak. Young, who was 12-2 in MMA, was also a Bellator veteran. He had 10 finishes in 12 pro wins.
“He seemed to be overcoming obstacles and I became a fan of him and that in himself,” Young’s boxing coach Derik Santos wrote on Instagram. “Just a few weeks ago we talked about how excited he was for 2022, and that as soon as he took over an injury, he wanted to schedule his return to work with me. When he spoke to me, I had a good feeling for him, he was on a promotion. and he has such a positive vibe after an injury-plagued career. I really wanted to see him continue to be successful after his last big win. “