SUNDAY NEWS DIGEST 10/2: UFC Middleweight Josh Samman found unresponsive alongside roommate, who was pronounced dead

By Mike Hiscoe, MMATorch contributor

December 19, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Josh Samman throws punches against Tamdan McCrory during UFC Fight Night at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


Some very serious and scary news came out this weekend when the Tallahassee Democrat reported that UFC Middleweight Josh Samman was found unresponsive alongside his roommate, Troy Kirkingburg. Kirkingburg, 28, an announcer for a local MMA promotion owned by Samman was pronounced dead on arrival at a Florida hospital. Samman is currently in the hospital, reportedly in a coma.

Requests for police reports made by the Tallahassee Democrat have yet to be responded to, so details of the nature of Kirkingburg’s death and Samman’s condition are unknown.

Kirkingburg’s obituary states: “Troy was a big dreamer who positively impacted all the lives of people he know and loved and he will be forever remembered by his family, friends, and his beloved fiancé, Charlene Cristobal.”

Hiscoe’s Analysis: I won’t use this space to speculate. There is plenty of that going around on message boards and social media right now. Let’s just hope that Samman is able to recover and that he comes out of this OK. I’ll also offer my condolences on behalf of MMA Torch to Troy Kirkingburg’s family and loved ones. They are suffering a great loss that is now unfortunately magnified due to Samman also being involved.

Edit: A previous headline attached to this article initially indicated Samman had died. Samman is currently in a coma in a Florida hospital. We regret the error.


-Last night’s UFC Fight Night from Portland drew 6,240 fans for a live gate of $501,035. In 2009 they drew 16,088 fans and a $1.92 million gate for UFC 102 in the same building.

-Alex Oliveira was not apologetic for taunting Will Brooks after his TKO victory last night. He told MMA Junkie after the fight that “I think that he deserved even more.”

-Four performance bonuses were handed out last night. They went to Nate Marquardt for his knockout of Tamdan McCrory, Curtis Blaydes for his knockout of Cody East, Brandon Moreno for his submission win over Louis Smolka and to Henrique da Silva for his submission victory over Joachim Christensen. All four fighters received $50,000 bonuses. There was no fight of the night award.

-MMA Fighting posted a picture of the judges’ scorecards from last night’s John Lineker vs. John Dodson main event. The judge who scored the fight for Dodson gave him the second round where the other two had it for Lineker. All three judges were in agreement that Lineker won round 3 and 4 and Dodson won round 5.

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(MMATorch’s Daily News Digest features the top story of the day with added analysis, plus smaller tidbits in the News Notes section. Mike Hiscoe, who writes the News Digest Sundays through Thursdays, has a background in film criticism and previously wrote for the DVD Town and Movie Metropolis websites. His passion for Mixed Martial Arts goes back to 2005, but it was in the promotion for UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie that he really got hooked.”This is my house, I build it,” is still among the all-time great UFC promos. You can follow Mike on social media under the tag @mikehiscoe. He now provides his experienced writing and perspective on live MMA events for MMATorch.)

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