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Former UFC fighter Gilbert Aldana drowns in Arizonalake

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Former UFC heavyweight fighter Gilbert Aldana (6-2) drowned over the weekend in an Arizona lake after jumping off a boat to recover a shirt that went overboard, according to

The 29-year-old leaves behind a wife and two sons.

Reports of the tragedy began to circulate in MMA forums and message boards a day or two ago. However, the identity of the victim was not confirmed until today.

To read other stories on the accident click here and here.

Aldana — known as "El Peligroso" or "The Dangerous One" — fought twice in the Octagon last year, losing to Paul Buentello and Cheick Kongo both via technical knockout. He won his most recent Rage in the Cage bout against Rich Beecroft in January 2007.

Here's a snip from UFC President Dana White:

"Gilbert Aldana was a real fighter and he always gave 100 percent in every bout he was in. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the mixed martial arts community and the thoughts and prayers of our organization are with his family and friends."

Rest in Peace, Gilbert.

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