‘Judo’ Jean Lebel dies at 89 The MMA neighborhood is grieving

Influential fight sports activities icon “Judo” Jean Lebel has died on the age of 89.

Lebel is credited with bringing judo to combined martial arts, serving as a mentor to former UFC champion Ronda Rousey all through her MMA profession, however his roots run a lot deeper.

Along with spending loads of time on the planet of appearing {and professional} wrestling, Lebel additionally educated with legends like Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and Chuck Norris.

Experiences of Lebel’s dying surfaced on social media early Wednesday morning from shut household pals.

Though his notoriety was partially offset by his work as a coach and motivator, Lebel loved a adorned run as a high newbie judoka within the Nineteen Fifties.

LeBelle even has an formally recorded MMA combat. In December 1963, he defeated boxer Milo Savage in a combined guidelines match in what some take into account to be the primary reputable MMA combat. He would later function an MMA choose till 2018.

LeBelle’s dying despatched ripples via the combat world, and plenty of athletes and personalities shared their condolences on social media.

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