The mom of Dane Sayers, an American MMA fighter who is alleged to have been given a board by Georges St-Pierre after beating the UFC legend at chess, has paid tribute after the 33-year-old’s body was pulled from a river by police.
Cops confirmed on Monday that Sayers, who his mom mentioned cherished to look riverbanks for driftwood which he used to make artwork and gave away to folks to make use of for their very own creations corresponding to adorning marriage ceremony venues, had drowned in a river in Fargo, North Dakota.
The athlete took half in Ultimate Fighter 12 in 2010, when he was a part of two-division champion St-Pierre’s steady earlier than occurring to earn 5 wins from eight fights in the remainer of his MMA profession.
“We loved him very much,” mentioned Bonnie Sayers, speaking to Inforum about a lifelong athlete who was additionally happy with his North American heritage and was given his ‘Red Horse’ combating nickname from the chief of a Native American tribe he was enrolled in.
BREAKING: Fargo Police say 33-year-old Dane Sayers was the person pulled from the Red River Saturday, June fifth. Sayers was an expert MMA Fighter out of Moorhead. An post-mortem has been carried out, and outcomes are pending #wdaynewsfirst
— AM 1100 The Flag WZFG (@theflagwzfg) June 7, 2021
“He loved to play chess. He loved to play Scrabble. He was really charming. He was handsome. He was funny. When he smiled, it would just light up a room.
“We’re going to spend our life ensuring his reminiscence is at all times saved alive.”
Sayers’ enthusiasm for board games is said to have extended to his friendship with St-Pierre, with the icon reputedly giving him a board as a gift after losing to him at chess.
RIP to Dane Sayers. Loved him on season 12 of TUF.
— Ty Evans (@darceknight0) June 7, 2021
RIP to Dane Sayers. He was very kind and respectful and was a true gentleman to me. It’s so sad to see a youthful indigenous person who had big careers ahead of them pass so early in life.
— Amanda👑 (@aryannarae) June 8, 2021
“He was a very nice man,” said coach Dylan Spicer.
“I do not know that intimidating is the suitable phrase, however on the mat he was like a tank. He was exhausting to maneuver.”
The combat present contestant final competed in skilled MMA in 2018 and went on to pursue naked knuckle combating and boxing. He additionally labored in IT help.