MMA star William Joplin dies aged 41 after long battle with pancreatic cancer
Oct. 09, 2019
FORMER MMA star William Joplin has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer aged 41.
Known as 'The Armadillo', Missouri native Joplin fought in multiple mixed martial arts organisations over 30 bouts.
He fought for Bellator , Victory Fighting Championship, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, Titan FC and Legacy Fighting Alliance.
In his sole Bellator fight, Joplin lost to Juan Archuleta thanks to a unanimous decision at Bellator 195.
His sister Shelley posted on her GoFundMe page: "It hurts me to inform everybody but William Joplin lost his fight with Pancreatic cancer this morning.
"We could still use your help paying for cremation expenses and a memorial service."
Joplin was diagnosed with the deadly disease in August 2018 and it had unfortunately struck their family recently before.
Tragically their mother Janet Darnell had died just eight months before William's diagnosis.
Sadly, William needed support during the last months of his life and "help with living expenses and medical costs."
The MMA world paid tribute to Joplin with a series of heartfelt posts.
Shamrock FC said: "William Joplin is a fighter in every sense of the word.
"He was also our dear friend and a larger-than-life figure in our MMA community.
"He is missed greatly already and we send our sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans."
If you would like to donate to Joplin's memorial GoFundMe page, you can do so here.
Terrible news that bantamweight William Joplin has lost his battle with cancer. I had the pleasure of interviewing William a number of times, nothing but a class act. He will be missed https://t.co/Aw9wCNcVPN — James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) October 8, 2019
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