Brazilian mixed martial artist Luis Felipe Dias Colares, known for his appearances in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (MMA), has died at the age of 29 after being hit by a bus while returning from training in Rio de Janeiro on May 1, 2023.
Firefighters arrived at the scene after the accident and Colares was taken to Richa Faria Hospital with multiple injuries. However, he died en route. Colares’ death has shocked the MMA community and tributes have been pouring in for the young fighter.
Colares, who fought in the bantamweight division, began his martial arts training at the age of seven with judo in his hometown of Macapá, Amapá. He later picked up Brazilian jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, and Muay Thai at the age of 15.
After compiling an undefeated record of 8-0 in the Brazilian regional MMA circuit and winning the Jungle Fight featherweight title, Colares signed with the UFC in January 2019. He made his debut as a lightweight against Geraldo de Freitas in February 2019 but lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Colares then returned to bantamweight and won his next fight against Domingo Pilarte via split decision in July 2019. He faced Montel Jackson in January 2020 but lost via unanimous decision. Colares was scheduled to fight Gustavo Lopez in November 2020 but withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19.
Colares made his first appearance post-UFC release in February 2023, submitting Alioune Nahaye via rear-naked choke in the first round at Ares FC 12.
Throughout his MMA career, Colares had a professional record of 11 wins and 4 losses, including two wins by knockout and six by submission.
Following his release from the UFC, Colares returned to the octagon on February 17, 2023, at Ares FC 12. He secured a victory over Alioune Nahaye in the first round via a rear-naked choke submission.
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