BRITISH MMA champ Jahreau Shepherd has tragically passed away aged 30.
Shepherd is thought to have died suddenly on Saturday, but a cause of death is yet to be announced.
The fighter was welterweight champ with MMA promotion Contenders.
And the they confirmed the incredibly sad news on Instagram.
A statement posted to the social media site said: "Everyone at Contenders is absolutely devastated to hear of Jahreau Shepherd‘s death.
"Jay, our welterweight champion, was hugely talented and great fun to be around, a big personality with a huge smile and infectious laugh.
"Inside the cage, he was destined for the top - a champion in three different organisations with heavy hands and a warrior heart.
"Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this terrible time.
"Rest in peace, champ."
Known as 'The Nightmare' he had a 6-2 record from his professional fights.
MMA commentator Michael Morgan was one of many leaving tributes for the fighter.
He tweeted: "Absolutely shocked to hear the news this morning.
"A true gentleman inside and outside the cage.
"Rest in peace UK MMA's Jahreau Shepherd."
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