The Charleston County Coroner’s Office in Charleston, South Carolina, has identified the man who died in a single-vehicle crash off of the Bennet Yard Road overpass on I-26 West early Saturday morning.
Jacob McClintock, 35, of Charleston, died from blunt force injuries sustained during the crash.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said McClintock went off the right side of the roadway and hit a concrete barrier near mile marker 213.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.
McClintock was a professional mixed martial artist with a record of 10-3 and known as “Tick Tock.”
He last fought at LFA 72 in 2019 where he picked up a submission win over Raymond Pina by way of armbar.
Posts in memory of the deceased fighter began to pour in on social media over the weekend.
On Instagram, Gastavo Dantas stated, “It’s with a heavy heart and a sense of disbelief that I share the passing of Jacob McClintock. Words fail to capture the depth of this loss, not only to me but to close friends and family due to a tragic car accident.
“Jacob joined us at AZ Combat Sports in 2002, a young and incredibly talented individual, under the guidance of Trevor Lally and myself. His dedication and skill were evident from the start. At just 16, he made history as the first GDJJ student to win an ADULT IBJJF Pan Championship gold in the blue belt category with a remarkable record of five submissions in under 2:30 minutes.
“His goal was to become an MMA fighter, and after securing third place at the first Worlds in the US in 2007 in the purple belt division, he embraced the challenging world of MMA, fighting across the globe – in the US, Brazil, Russia, and the Cayman Islands.
“Jacob’s battles were not limited to the mat or the cage. He bravely faced his injuries, addiction, and the internal challenges of mental health, which marked both his personal and professional life with highs and lows. His last victory in the cage came in 2019 at the LFA, a testament to his enduring spirit.
“Just three months ago, we were together at a fundraising seminar at his academy, @ticktockjj , in South Carolina. He shared how he spent time with his beloved 14-year-old daughter from Arizona for the first time in South Carolina. We remembered the great times in multiple trips he and I made to tournaments. He was looking forward to relocating and expanding Tick Tock BJJ, filled with plans and dreams for the future.
“In his passing, we are reminded of the fragility of life and the preciousness of every moment we share.
My deepest condolences go out to his family, especially his daughter, and to Todd Ellis, who has been an incredible pillar of support for Jacob. Please know that I, along with the entire GDJJ, am here to support you in any way during this difficult time
“‘Sometimes, the shock of a loss is so intense that it stops our heart for a moment, only to remind us that it’s the love that keeps us alive.’
“Rest in peace Jacob. 🙏🏽”
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