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Former UFC and BKFC Fighter Geane Herrera Dead at 33

Geane Herrera Dead at 33
Geane Herrera

The combat sports world mourns the loss of former UFC and BKFC fighter Geane Herrera, who tragically passed away at the age of 33. Herrera was killed in a motorcycle crash on Saturday in Tampa, Florida after his bike collided with the rear of a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Although the Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson did not officially release the motorcycle driver’s name, the details of the incident align with multiple social media reports, including heartfelt posts from individuals identifying themselves as Herrera’s family members. BKFC, the promotion where Herrera most recently fought, confirmed his passing on Sunday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver was traveling at a “high rate of speed” when he was thrown “several hundred feet” from the impact before the motorcycle burst into flames. Herrera was pronounced dead at the scene.

Geane Herrera, known affectionately as “La Pulga” or “The Flea,” was a proud Colombian-American fighter. He began his professional MMA career in 2011, eventually making it to the UFC in 2015. His UFC debut saw him lose via unanimous decision to Ray Borg, but he rebounded with a TKO victory over Joby Sanchez. Subsequent losses to Ali Bagautinov and Ben Nguyen led to his UFC exit in 2016.

In 2018, Herrera returned to the cage under the ACB banner, securing a quick submission victory over Darren Mima. After a hiatus, he resumed fighting in 2021 with BKFC. Herrera impressed in his BKFC debut, defeating Abdiel Vasquez by TKO. This win earned him a main event slot against Reggie Barnett, which he lost by unanimous decision.

Herrera’s untimely death leaves a significant void in the lives of his loved ones. He is survived by his 16-year-old son, a pregnant girlfriend, his parents, and siblings. His family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover funeral expenses.

Nicknamed “La Pulga” for his quickness and tenacity, Herrera's fighting spirit and dedication to the sport were evident throughout his career.


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