Veteran mixed martial arts fighter Kimo Leopoldo, who made his debut at UFC 3, is still very much alive despite numerous reports to the contrary.
Leopoldo’s attorney, Victor E. Hobbs, said “Kimo has surfaced and that’s all I know right now.” He referred all questions to Leopoldo’s manager, Ron Kort. Kort’s voice mail box was full and could not accept messages.
Leopoldo’s death was first reported on an Internet bulletin board. The erroneous report was quickly picked up by celebrity website TMZ.com, numerous MMA websites, and was also reported by the New York Daily News and the Orange County Register.
Leopoldo, 41, of Irvine, Calif., was sentenced by a California judge on Monday to 10 days of community service and required to participate in a drug diversion program. He had been arrested in February in Tustin, Calif., on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine.