On Thursday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the passing of former lightweight Corey Hill (pictured).
Hill died from complications from pneumonia. He was just 36.
“The UFC family mourns the tragic loss of Corey Hill, who passed away on May 14 due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 36,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “Fans will remember Corey for his time as a lightweight competitor who fought multiple times for the organization in 2008 and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 5. UFC sends its condolences to the family and friends of Corey Hill.”
Hill emerged onto the UFC scene back in 2007 as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 5.” However, what fans remember most of Hill is that he snapped his shin in two (exactly as Anderson Silva did six years later) in his final UFC fight against Dale Hartt.
Hill continued to compete after the devastating injury, but wasn’t able to reach the potential many on TUF thought he could achieve given his length, speed and willingness to learn.
“The Real Deal” had a 6-9 professional record. He was most recently TKO’d by Jose Caceres in February at Fight Time 23.