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Former Bellator MMA and World Series of Fighting competitor
Isaiah
Chapman
is dead at the age of 30.

Bellator matchmaker Rich Chou brought word of Chapman’s death on
Twitter. According to Ohio-based MMA journalist David
McKinney
, Chapman was shot and killed outside his Akron home on
April 7. A
GoFundMe
page has been set up to help with Chapman’s funeral
expenses and to provide aid for his three children.

A native of Barberton, Ohio, Chapman last fought at Bellator 232,
where he was submitted in the opening round by top bantamweight
prospect Patrick Mix
in the first round this past October. “The Beast” also appeared one
under the WSOF banner in September 2014, dropping a unanimous
verdict to Timur
Valiev
. Chapman was 9-4 as a professional overall.

The statement on Chapman’s GoFundMe page is as follows:

On April 7th, 2020 Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman was tragically
taken from the world,  leaving behind two daughters Faith &
Aubrey, & son Isaac. Last night they lost not only their father but
best friend and real life super hero.  Isaiah was the best
father for his children and was there for them every step of their
lives. He was truly an example and role model to all. Isaiah had
recently lived out his MMA dream by appearing in Bellator MMA.
Proving that you should never give up on your dreams!  He was
always such a cheerful and loving person that will be remembered
forever by everyone who he ever came in contact with. Our lives
will never be the same without him, and we will all certainly miss
his hugs. If you have it in your heart, we would appreciate any
help for the funeral expenses and the rest will go to his family
for other expenses. Please keep us all in prayers, especially his
children that God may give us comfort for this unexpected
loss.  Funeral date, time, and location will be posted in an
update.


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