Anderson Silva, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Other UFC Fighters React as Rapper DMX Passes Away

Published 04/10/2021, 2:59 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Anderson Silva of Brazil reacts after his loss to Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Popular Rapper Earl Simmons, also known as DMX, passed away at the age of 50. He was an extremely influential figure in the field of sports and MMA, as several tributes came flowing in after the announcement. He was on life support after he suffered a heart attack last week. Anderson Silva posted a tribute to him on Instagram.

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Former UFC champions like Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis, and Tyron Woodley were also among the scores of UFC fighters with tributes for the late rapper. Former UFC strawweight champion Jedrzejczyk uploaded a photo with DMX and Jon Jones on Instagram. She captioned the post, “The good old times. Rest in Peace, DMX.”

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Tyron Woodley also uploaded a photo on Instagram. However, it was the cover photo of DMX’s album, ‘It’s dark, and hell is hot.’ He captioned the post, “Made many walks to war with this in my headphones. RIP up, DMX!”

Woodley is a rapper himself, and DMX must have been a huge inspiration for the welterweight.

Anderson Silva and Frankie Edgar post tributes for DMX on Instagram

Chief among these fighters was former middleweight champion of the world, Anderson Silva. Widely regarded as the GOAT of MMA, ‘The Spider’ used to walk out to the octagon while the song ‘No Sunshine’ by DMX was playing.

Silva captioned the post, “Today is a very sad day! DMX, I’ll be forever your fan! Thank you, you will always be remembered with respect and a lot of affection from me! May God comfort the family! RIP.”

‘Showtime’ Anthony Pettis also tweeted a photo on Twitter with the caption, “RIP DMX.

Another former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, posted a photo on Instagram as a tribute. “To live is to suffer. To survive is to find meaning in the suffering. #RIP to a legend, X was in heavy rotation as a kid growing up. His raw emotion and energy was unmatched. He will be missed,” he said.

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Simmons’s passing away has shaken the entire MMA community, and all fans can hope for is peace for his soul. He was one of the stalwarts of the rapping community in the 90s and early 2000s, and he impacted the current generation of fighters heavily.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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