Ronda Rousey And More Reacts To the Death of Legendary ‘Judo’ Gene LeBell at 89

Ronda Rousey and other prominent names in MMA have reacted to the passing of Gene LeBell.

Ronda Rousey and Gene LeBell

Gene LeBell, the legendary “Judo” icon, has passed away at 89.

It’s no secret that LeBell introduced judo to MMA. During Ronda Rousey’s UFC career, he was her mentor.

Ex-UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, and other prominent mixed martial arts (MMA) names have reacted to the recent passing of judo legend Gene LeBell.

Ronda Rousey & MMA/Pro Wrestling Community React To Passing Of Gene LeBell

After news broke of LeBell’s passing, several big names took to social media to pay homage to the judo and professional wrestling legend.

Here are some of there words:

LeBell was a hugely influential name in both the combat sports and professional wrestling community. He was a black belt in Judo where he trained in competed in both the United States and Japan.

After making a name for himself in the world of Judo, LeBell tried his hand at professional wrestling. He did this while simultaneously competing in combat sports as well.

He owns a victory over professional boxer Milo Savage in a mixed-rules fight in 1963. He submitted Savage with a rear-naked choke in the fourth round.

In professional wrestling, LeBell made his mark in professional wrestling as a promoted for the famed NWA promotion for 14 years.

LeBell was part of a historic matchup between Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki in 1976, serving as the referee of the match.

After making huge strides in MMA and professional wrestling, LeBell also dipped in the Hollywood pool, serving as an actor and stuntman. 

He worked with the likes of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, becoming close friends with Lee on the set of the film The Green Hornet.

LeBell never left his roots, however, as he trained various big names in both MMA and professional wrestling. His list of students include WWE Hall Of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, UFC Hall Of Famer Ronda Rousey, and UFC veterans Karo Parisyan and Manny Gamburyan.

He even served as a judge in MMA until 2018 when he decided to walk away from the position.

Published on August 10, 2022 at 1:54 pm
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