British MMA star Jahreau Shepherd has tragically died, aged 30.
Shepherd, from London, is believed to have died suddenly yesterday but the cause has not yet been announced.
Tributes have been paid to Shepherd, who was welterweight champion with MMA promotion Contenders.
“Jay, our welterweight champion, was hugely talented and great fun to be around, a big personality with a huge smile and infectious laugh.
“Inside the cage, he was destined for the top – a champion in three different organisations with heavy hands and a warrior heart.”
Shepherd, who was nicknamed ‘The Nightmare’ had a 6-2 record in professional MMA, including five successes by knockout.
He was renowned for his pace and aggression in his fights and was part of the London Fight Factory.