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First Official UFC Cutman Leon Tabbs Passes Away

June 17, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Leon Tabbs

Leon Tabbs, who served as the first official cutman for the UFC, has passed away. Bruce Tabbs has confirmed that his father passed away on Friday evening at the age of eighty-six after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“Our father is our hero,” Bruce told the outlet. “He lived a simple life enjoying it to the fullest and deserved all he earned, and more, and earned all he received. Family, boxing, and friends and laughter were his life.”

Tabbs was a longtime boxer who trained fellow servicemen in the sport during his seven year stint in the Navy. He worked as a police officer in Philadelphia as well as a boxing trainer, and had a part in the first Rocky film. He went on to be the cutman for Bernard Hopkins and eventually worked with the UFC, serving as cutman for UFC 1 and working with the company through UFC on FX 4 in June of 2012.

MMA personalities took to Twitter to react to Tabbs death, as you can see below:

On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Tabbs.

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