Iuri Lapicus, a Moldovan-born MMA fighter who competed for a title with ONE Championship, died after being involved in a motorcycle accident in Italy on Friday. He was 27 years old.
Lapicus had five fights in ONE Championship since 2019. He went 2-2 in a no contest against Eddie Alvarez in 2021.
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«The ONE Championship team is heartbroken by the tragic passing of Iuri Lapicus,» the company told ESPN in a statement. «Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones at this difficult time.»
Lapicus was identified as the man who lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a car in Pogliano Milanese, near Milan, on Friday, according to Sherdog. The other person involved in the accident was identified as a 69-year-old woman who was not seriously injured in the crash.
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The MMA fighter was taken to a Milan hospital and fell into a coma, Il Giorno reported. He died three days later.
Lapicus lost to Christian Lee in a welterweight title fight in October 2020 in the first round via technical knockout. He had wins over Shannon Wiratchai and Marat Gafurov before earning his title shot.
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Prior to ONE Championship, Lapicus wrestled for various promotions and won his first 14 fights as a professional wrestler.