Death of Bellator, WEC vet Blas Avena being investigated as suicide

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief


16-fight MMA vet Blas Avena was found dead in his Las Vegas home last week, and according to a report from TMZ Las Vegas police are investigating his death as a suicide.

A Las Vegas police spokesman gave the following simple statement: “Arriving police and medical personnel located an adult male who was pronounced deceased at the scene.  As of now, the death is being investigated as a suicide.

Avena fought professionally from 2005 until 2013, appearing six times under the WEC banner and twice in Bellator MMA. His last fight came against War Machine at Bellator 96 in June of 2013.

Penick’s Analysis: This is more sad news this week in the MMA world. We extend our condolences to his friends and family.

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