REPORT: Former UFC Fighter Felipe Colares Dead At 29 After Being Hit By Bus

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Ex-UFC fighter Felipe Colares died Monday after reportedly being hit by a bus. He was 29 years old.

Rodrigo Babi, Colares’ coach, told Combate that Colares was in Rio de Janeiro when a bus hit him Monday morning after a training session. Colares was tended to by first responders after the accident, but sadly died while on his way to a nearby hospital, according to Combate’s report.

MMA Fighting later confirmed the report, and Monday afternoon, French promotion Ares Fighting Championship also gave confirmation of Colares’ death.

Colares’ last professional fight came back in February at Ares FC 12 in Paris, where he won against Alioune Nahaye with a rear naked choke submission.

Before joining Ares, Colares fought in six UFC bouts from Feb. 2019-May 2021. Colares put up a 2-4 record while in the UFC, scoring victories over Domingo Pilarte at UFC on ESPN 4 in 2019 and Luke Sanders at UFC on ESPN 23 in 2021. After back-to-back losses in 2021 and 2022 to Chris Gutierrez and Chase Hooper, Colares made the transition to Ares.

After launching his career with North Extreme Cagefighting in 2013, Colares put up an 11-4 overall record in the professional ranks. Prior to making his move to UFC, Colares won the Jungle Fight featherweight championship against Caio Gregorio in 2017. (RELATED: Florida Panthers Restrict Tix To Americans In Hilarious Attempt To Keep Toronto Maple Leafs Fans Out Of FLA Live Arena)

In January, Colares made the news after stopping an alleged robbery that was taking place in Rio. Posting pictures on social media, Colares wrote that he used his jiu-jitsu skills to detain a man who allegedly stole a phone from a woman.


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Colares leaves behind his wife Jaqueline and their 10-month-old son, according to Combate.