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MMA community reacts to Kobe Bryant’s tragic death

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As one of the most recognizable athletes on planet Earth, the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter accident has shaken the sporting world.

With a combination spectacular talent on the NBA court, an unmatched work ethic off the court and determination to win at all costs, Bryant, 41, captivated audiences worldwide like few athletes ever have.

A student of Bruce Lee’s iconic Jeet Kune Do, the five-time NBA champion was no stranger to the world of martial arts. While he never competed professionally, the man dubbed “The Black Mamba” often dipped his toe into the world MMA with business ventures such as ESPN’s “DETAILED,” featuring former UFC double champ Daniel Cormier, and his sports drink Body Armor, which has been prominently featured on the scales at ceremonial weigh-ins and press conferences.

Below is how the fighting community reacted the untimely death of the future NBA Hall of Famer.

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