Posted On:7/29/2009 2:33pm
Style: Fitness-Fu and Judo
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship contender Kimo Leopoldo is still alive - just ask him.
"I knew I wasn't dead," Leopoldo told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday evening, hours after he was falsely reported deceased by numerous media outlets.
"So when I was reading this I wondered if I was jinxed or something was going to happen."
Leopoldo, 41, even appeared at the Orange County Sheriff's office in Santa Ana, California, on Tuesday afternoon to put an end to rumours of his death that spread rapidly across the Internet.
"It was really strange," Leopoldo said. "I was surprised at how nasty it was. I guess it wasn't a good thing.
"I've always had strange things written about me but nothing this bizarre. I couldn't believe it when I searched for my name and I wrote in 'Kimo Leopoldo' and it added the word 'death.' "
Rumors of Leopoldo's demise first appeared on MMA.tv's popular forum, "The Underground". The post reported that Leopoldo died in Costa Rica "of complications from a heart attack".
The report quickly was picked up by celebrity website TMZ.com, which claimed to confirm the death. It later pulled the story without comment. The New York Daily News, Orange County Register, Las Vegas Sun and numerous MMA-specific websites also reported the story.
But an attorney who has represented Leopoldo told Yahoo! Sports the fighter "surfaced" early Tuesday afternoon, hours after reports of his death spread like a wildfire across the Internet.
Attorney Victor E. Hobbs of El Toro, California, said in a brief telephone interview, "Kimo has surfaced and that's all I know right now." He referred all questions to Ron Kort of New Era Fighting, who is either Leopoldo's manager or his promoter.
Leopoldo, of Irvine, California, was sentenced by a California judge on Monday to 10 days of community service and required to participate in a drug diversion program. He was arrested in February in Tustin, California, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine.
Leopoldo's most famous match was his MMA debut, when he met Royce Gracie at UFC 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 9, 1994. Leopoldo was the first fighter to give Gracie, the winner of the first two UFC tournaments, a real run for his money, before he lost via armbar submission.
He largely made his name off the notoriety from the Gracie fight. Leopoldo last fought in 2006 and has a record of 10-7-1.
He said he hopes his new notoriety gets people to visit his website fightengine.com and lands him a shot at another fight.
Even after Hobbs and publicist Bob Trieger confirmed that Leopoldo was alive, Kort would not definitively say so. He referred questions to Jim Amormino, the spokesman for the Orange County sheriff's coroner's office.
Amormino was suspicious after numerous checks failed to turn anything up. He said at 3pm Pacific Time that he had about 150 calls on the matter but that as far as he knew, Leopoldo was alive.
"If he was dead in Orange County, I would know by now," Amormino said. "All deaths have to come to the corner's office. I've checked hospitals and numerous law enforcement agencies and no one has responded."
Trieger, who works for New Era Fighting, said Kort told him that Leopoldo is alive. Trieger said "apparently, Kimo woke up to reports of his death."
Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports US / Eurosport
Publicity stunt maybe?
Last edited by AMF; 7/29/2009 2:41pm at .
Reason: DAMN IT, I really need to search more, he isn't deceased after all.
Putting the "ow" back in "flowery technique"
Posted On:7/29/2009 2:36pm
Style: CMA, MT
It was a hoax.
Kimo Leopoldo Dead (HOAX) - No BS Martial Arts
Posted On:7/29/2009 2:45pm
Yeah I know I just saw. I still have jet lag after a 18 hour fucking flight and am not right in the head.
Carry on, nothing to see here.
Posted On:7/29/2009 3:00pm
Gah. I was like, "again!?" How many times can a guy die?
Dark Overlord of the Bullshido Underworld
Posted On:7/29/2009 9:56pm
Style: Taai Si Ji Kung Fu
Once if he's lucky, a lot more than that if he's not.
Calm down, it's only ones and zeros.
"Your calm and professional manner of response is really draining all the fun out of this. Can you reply more like Dr. Fagbot or something? Call me some names, mention some sand in my vagina or something of the sort. You can't expect me to come up with reasonable arguments man!" -- MaverickZ
"Tom Kagan spins in his grave and the fucking guy isn't even dead yet." -- Snake Plissken
My Bullshido fan club threads:
Tom Kagan's a big hairy...
Tom Kagan can lick my BALLS
Tom Kagan teaches _ing __un and bigotry?
Tom Kagan: Serious discussion here
Lamokio asks the burning question is Tom Kagan a ***** or just cruising for some
I'm Dave the gay Kickboxer from Manchester and I have the hots for Tom Kagan
TOM KAGAN, OPEN ME, THE MKT ARE COMING FOR YOU ! ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH TO MEET ?
ATTN TOM KAGAN
World Dominator 'Kagan' in plot to lie about real Kung Fu and Martial Arts
Tom Kagan just gave me my third negative rep in a day
I am infatuated with Tom Kagan
Tom Kagan is a fat balding white guy.
Injury Waiting To Happen
Posted On:7/29/2009 10:40pm
Style: Snatch Wrestling
I can't find the pic of him railing coke off his belt...but Beau Taylor is, regardless, completely awesome.
Posted On:7/30/2009 2:15am
Holy fucking **** guys Kimo is a zombie!!!1!!!111!!11!1!!!111!!11!!!!1!
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