R.I.P Shawn Tompkins

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R.I.P Shawn Tompkins

PostPosted by #Foxxc# » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:42 am

A fighter close to Shawn Tompkins says the renowned trainer passed away this morning.

Veteran lightweight John Gunderson today told MMAjunkie.com that Tompkins "didn't wake up," but he was still unclear on the details surrounding his passing.

Longtime friend and confidant Chris Horodecki said the trainer was in Canadia and had spoken to him yesterday but was unaware of the bad news when contacted today. Additional sources ultimately confirmed the trainer's death, though details weren't immediately available.

Tompkins first emerged on the national MMA scene as a coach in the now-defunct International Fight League. He was first an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Anacondas and was later promoted to head coach after MMA legend Bas Rutten stepped down from the role to assume a commentator position. He later split with the company. Tompkins then migrated to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and served as a coach there before splitting with the gym and joining the TapouT Training Facility.

The coach, who also competed professionally for a handful of fights a decade ago, nurtured the careers of several notable fighters in his career, including Gunderson, Horodecki, Sam Stout and Mark Hominick. Tompkins was 37 years old. He is survived by his wife, Emilie Tompkins (sister of Sam Stout).


Details are still sketchy but it appears that Tompkins has passed away, always considered to be one of the best coaches around Tompkins had a hand in getting a lot of Canadian talent seen.

It was good of the UFC team to give him a mention on the Versus show, from what I hear they got the news confirmed literally minutes before in the middle of the Sodollah-Bang fight.
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Re: R.I.P Shawn Tompkins

PostPosted by rich0 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:09 pm

Such a shame and totally unexpected. I used to love hearing him corner fighters as he would instruct them step by step. Just watch any Sam Stout fight as listen to Tompkins tell him what to do every step of the way. I always thought the best corner men in the business were Tompkins, Serra and Jackson. It's a real shame he won't be around any more. Such an amazing contribution to MMA, he won't be forgotten.
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Re: R.I.P Shawn Tompkins

PostPosted by #Foxxc# » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:12 am

I contacted Sam Stout about this matter, Sam has been trained by Tompkins since his early days in UCC and in addition he not only gave permission but pushed Tompkins and his sister together until they were married.

Because of the magnitude of the loss I explained that I do not want to push at him in any way, shape or form but when he's ready we will have a chat about his friend, trainer and brother in law.
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