Former UFC featherweight Felipe Colares, also known as ‘Cabocão,’ passed away on Monday after being hit by a bus in Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro. The tragic accident happened after Colares finished a training session, according to reports from Globo Esporte. He was just 29 years old.
Upon being hit by the bus, Colares was immediately attended to by the Fire Department before being taken to Hospital Rocha Faria. Unfortunately, despite efforts to save his life, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away on the way to the hospital.
Felipe Colares was born in Ampa, Brazil, and later moved to Rio de Janeiro with his wife, Jaqueline, and their 10-month-old son. He began his professional MMA career in 2013 and held a record of 11 victories and four defeats. Colares won his first eight and eventually became the Jungle Fight featherweight champion in 2017.
Colares’s career in the UFC began in 2019, where he competed under Dana White’s banner. However, his UFC career came to an end after two consecutive losses against Chris Gutierrez and Chase Hooper. His final was against Alioune Nahaye in Paris earlier this year.
Apart from his career in the ring, Colares made headlines back in January for his heroic acts. He stopped an attempted robbery by using his jiu-jitsu skills to take down the suspect and hold him until the police arrived.
Speaking after the incident, Colares said, “My friends and I went back to the car and saw the man. After noticing he was unarmed, we intervened and managed to pin the robber using jiu-jitsu techniques.”
Felipe Colares’s passing is a significant loss to the MMA community, and he will be missed by fans, friends, and family. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife, Jaqueline, his son, and all those who knew and loved him.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.