The past couple of months has been very sad for combat sports. Several martial artists have passed away. The departed martial artists include Anthony Johnson, Victoria Lee, Stephan Bonnar and now Anthony Castrejon.
According to sources close to him, he was allegedly attacked by a group of people. Castrejon succumbed to his injuries while in the hospital. The exact details of the incident are unknown because his family wants to maintain privacy.
Castrejon was a Muay Thai competitor who’s also done MMA. He’s competed for promotions such as Bellator and LFA. He had trained at the One Kick’s Gym since he was thirteen years old and was a coach there as well.
Mickey Alex Martinez, a friend of the “Pretty Boy”, and one of the coaches in the AllStar Boxing Gym posted the following:
“Hearing things on my Facebook about a good friend that passed away. Just because of some people can’t fight so they kill a good person what a group of cowards I hope they get what’s coming to them R.I.P Anthony Castrejon Till we meet again”
LFA gave a tribute to the late Castrejon with the following post on social media:
“R.I.P. to RFA: Resurrection Fighting Alliance veteran Anthony Castrejon. ‘Pretty Boy’ made his professional MMA debut for us at #RFA42 on August 19, 2016. He won the bout with a spectacular knockout in 82 seconds. Castrejon was a deeply loved member of the Las Vegas, Central California, MMA, and Muay Thai communities. It was an honor to have him fight inside our Octagon. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones.”
A fundraiser has been launched on GoFundMe to help Castrejon’s family with his funeral service. The description talks a bit about Castrejon’s life and how much of a positive impact he managed to have in his community.
The fundraiser will help pay for Castrejon’s medical costs and his funeral. All the remaining proceeds will go to the children’s program at the One Kick’s Gym.
Syed Ali Fazeel is an accomplished MMA fan, and writer. He discovered MMA in his youth and has been following the sport since TUF season 1.