One Championship veteran Casey Suire has died in a motorcycle accident.
The 40-year-old American who was living and training out of Bali, Indonesia, posted a 6-2 pro MMA record in his five-plus year fight career. A native of Lafayette, La., Suire fought his last five bouts for One Championship, most recently earning a split decision over Xie Bin on Aug. 27.
According to local media reports out of Bali, Suire lost control of his Honda Vario on Sunday evening on Batu Bolong road in the Canggu neighborhood, flying off the scooter and going head first into a street gutter, where he was body was found unresponsive by local police. Local authorities have alleged that alcohol may have played a role in the accident.
One Championship president Victor Cui confirmed the news Monday on Facebook.
“I first met Casey a little over 4 years ago at a press conference. He’d already started to build a reputation in Indonesia as an exciting athlete and he continued to prove that in his career with One,” wrote Cui. “He was talented but not arrogant, he was a focused athlete but you could see in his interactions with his teammates that he had an equal passion for life. An incredible human being, I wish I’d had more time with Casey, a little more time to get to know him myself.”