MMA Fighter Ivan Cole Found Dead; Reportedly Killed Himself Playing Russian Roulette

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 11, 2016


Former Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Championship talent Ivan Cole reportedly shot and killed himself in a Dallas apartment on Saturday.

According to a post on CBS DFW’s Facebook page, Cole allegedly killed himself while playing Russian roulette. No further details regarding the incident were immediately available.

A statement on the Dallas Police Department’s website confirms that Ivan Robert-Earnest Cole was found dead after officers responded to a shooting at the 13700 block of Montfort Drive at approximately 7:31 a.m. local time. Cole was 25 years old.

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“The death of Mr. Cole will be classified as an unexplained death pending the results of the autopsy,” the statement read.

A native of New Orleans, Cole compiled a 2-3 MMA record over the course of a career that began in 2012. He competed once for Legacy FC, losing a split decision to Evan Martinez in August 2012 and once for Bellator, suffering a first-round submission loss to George Pacurariu on March 27, 2015 in what turned out to be Cole’s last fight.

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