UFC reacts to death of WWE's Ultimate Warrior

Born James Brian Hellwig before legally changing his name to "Warrior" in 1993, the WWE Hall-of-Famer passed away on Tuesday (April 8, 2014) in Arizona at age 54.

Even if you're not a professional wrestling fan, chances are you've heard of The Ultimate Warrior.

The former bodybuilder made his mark in the late eighties and early nineties at a time when fellow sports entertainers like Hulk Hogan and the late "Macho Man" Randy Savage were in their prime. That said, it should come as no surprise to learn that a lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans -- and fighters -- were mourning his loss.

He was a big deal to kids growing up in that era.

That includes Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), who tweeted its condolences for the wrestling community just three days after Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and two days after his final appearance on the organization's flagship program, Monday Night RAW.

Below is a short video from his induction speech:

Warrior is survived by his wife and two daughters. For more details on his untimely passing, hit up our pro wrestling sister site CageSide Seats by clicking here.

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