The police are asking for help in tracking down the suspected vehicle and driver that struck and killed former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo.
On Monday, the Edmonton Police Service released photos of the truck allegedly involved in the hit-and-run fatality early Sunday morning. The vehicle seems to be a dark-colored, older-model single-cab pickup truck with oversized tires, chrome rims and clear taillights, according to the release.
The police have yet to release Jimmo's name officially as the victim, though multiple media outlets have confirmed it. A spokesperson for EPS told MMA Fighting that the victim's name will not be released until after an autopsy is performed Tuesday. The incident is being investigated by the Edmonton police's homicide section.
Jimmo, 34, allegedly got into a verbal dispute with the people in the other vehicle Sunday morning outside a lounge. Jimmo got out of his car and walked to the vehicle. When he began walking to return to his own vehicle, the driver of the truck allegedly sped up, struck Jimmo and then the fled the scene. Jimmo was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police are asking anyone with information about the vehicle in the photo or the incident in question to call 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. An anonymous tip can also be submitted online here.
Jimmo, a fan favorite Canadian athlete known for his outspokenness about fighter rights, had a career 19-5 record and was a former Maximum Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion. "The Big Deal" was on the roster from 2012 to 2015 and had one of the quickest knockouts (seven seconds) in promotion history in 2012 against Anthony Perosh.
The UFC released a statement about Jimmo's death on Monday:
UFC is saddened to learn of the passing Ryan Jimmo.
Jimmo, 34, fought for the organization seven times between 2012-2015, earning performance bonuses in two of those bouts.
UFC sends its condolences to Jimmo's family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.