Tanner Marlow, an undefeated professional mixed martial artist, was killed along with another man on Christmas Eve.
The 30-year-old Marlow was home in Bakersfield, California on December 24 when an armed man, identified as Jacob Malena, forced his way into the house.
Marlow was armed as well, according to a report from ABC TV 23 in Bakersfield, and the shooting between the two resulted in the deaths of both men.
According to an investigation by the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD), Malena was the estranged boyfriend of the woman living in the home.
Iridium Sports Agency, which represented Marlow, released a statement that read:
“We’re heartbroken over the tragic passing of our Team Iridium brother Tanner Marlow. Tanner is remembered fondly as one of the most promising unbeaten prospects in the sport of MMA, and a very proud family man. Tanner is missed greatly, and we extend our sincerest condolences and prayers to his family, friends, and team at this difficult time.”
The investigation is still ongoing.
Over the course of 10 years, Marlow had four pro MMA bouts, winning each by way of strikes in the first or second rounds.
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