Bellator MMA Fighter Joe Camacho Dies at 41

December 16, 2013
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Joe CamachoLongtime MMA veteran and Bellator fighter Joe Camacho has passed away due to an apparent heart attack. He was 41 years old.

Camacho was rushed to Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, Calif., early Monday morning, according to a report from He was not feeling well over dinner on Sunday night, Camacho’s cousin, Charlie Valencia, told the website.

After arriving at the hospital, Camacho was pronounced dead, according to the report.

West Covina police on Monday confirmed Camacho’s death, but said the official cause of death had yet to be determined.

Camacho’s most recent MMA fight came at Bellator 106, dropping a unanimous decision to Cleber Luciano on the undercard at the Long Beach Arena. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt also competed for a number of Southern California regional fight promoters, including King of the Cage and Respect in the Cage, among others.

Camacho was also an active Brazilian jui-jitsu competitor, having just competed in the North American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s competition in Long Beach, Calif., over the weekend.

MMA fighters took to social media on Monday morning to express their condolences to Camacho and those close to him.

“Just got sad news from Charlie Valencia,” Urijah Faber wrote on Twitter. “Joe Camacho unexpectedly passed away today.”

“Really sad to hear about losing another fighter due to a heart attack,” wrote Cub Swanson.

The news of Camacho’s passing comes a week after another Southern California fighter, Shane Del Rosario, passed away due to full cardiac arrest.

Camacho’s MMA record was 13-19-3.

(Image via Joe Camacho’s Facebook page)

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  • Gary Fredericks

    RIP Camacho.
    Godspeed to your family.

  • emanon

    How are these young fighters dying of heart attacks? 30’s – 40’s is just too young for heart attacks. I am not understanding this.

    • David Huenecke

      Dropping lots of weight to be a heavier guy in a fight. Excessive weight loss as well as the fact mma is year round can cause strain on your heart.

    • AD

      Substance abuse. It’s a competitive sport, you do what you can to get ahead…

  • Comah

    Joe was a great guy, on and off the mat.. Rest in Peace my friend..

  • Ozzie

    Joe Camacho “JC Plenty of Skills” not only was he a friend, coach and mentor. Joe Camacho was a very kind person. He was the type that by just meeting him, getting to know him you couldn’t help but be touched by his kindness. I miss you already brother. I promise to keep running the Lake for us. “Ozzie”.

  • earlsimmons

    Hmmm im trying to decide whether i care or not…. i dont think i do.

    • Earlsimmonsyouareadouche

      People will remember joe camacho.. but hey no one will remember you earl simmons.. I bet not even your own family. :D!

      I say this because you shouldn’t have to care or not.. It sad knowing anyone at the age of 41.. that way to young.. and to die this way.

      Have some respect.. if you don’t have anything nice to say.. don’t say anything at all.

      • earlsimmons

        LUL everyone knows who earl simmons is moron look up the name in google before you speak bro. People die… its what we do so no i am not sad its the way of life. Grow a pair.

  • Obi-Wan Granoli

    and people wonder why GSP feels run down and want to step away.