Jason Pacheco, a promising young MMA prospect, was killed on St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas. Pacheco was critically injured when his motorcycle crashed into an SUV in the city’s east side late Thursday evening. He was 24 years old.
According to police reports, Pacheco was riding his 20165 Z-Force motorcycle on westbound Russell Road but when he approached the intersection of Palm Street, near Mountain Vista Street. A 71-year-old driver of a 2003 Ford Explorer reportedly made a left turn from Palm St. onto Russell Rd., causing Pacheco to slam into the SUV.
Pacheco was rushed to Sunrise Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The Las Vegas Review-Journal was the first to report the news.
Pacheco trained out of One Kick’s Gym and quickly went 4-0 as an amateur and won the King of the Cage amateur flyweight title in December 2014. Pacheco turned pro shortly thereafter and was successful in his debut, where he submitted Jamin Tayaba via kimura in the second round at RFA 31 the following October in Las Vegas. Pacheco never fought again as a scheduled bout at WSOF 30 last April was cancelled, as were bouts for Global Proving Ground 24 in May and Dragon House 24 in November.