Josh loved to travel, climb mountains and meet all types of people. He was a free spirit and touched more lives than we will ever know.
His larger than life personality, huge laugh and crushing hugs will be missed by everyone who met him.
JOSHUA KALEB SAMMAN
Josh Samman was a talented artist in many aspects of life as well as a huge advocate for the sport of mixed martial arts. In addition to co-founding Combat Night, an MMA promotion that toured the state of Florida giving young athletes a chance to compete, with his long time friend Mitchell Chamale, he spent countless hours doing interviews and writing articles to bring more attention to the sport that changed his life.
For Josh, it was about more than helping the sport of MMA grow, it was about helping people in need. Through his promotion he teamed up with multiple local charities, ranging from pediatric cancer to military veteran programs.
Josh made his professional MMA debut in 2007. Over the next five years, he amassed a record of 9 wins and 2 losses before joining the cast of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen. After defeating two opponents, he was submitted by eventual tournament winner, Kelvin Gastelum in the semi-finals.
Josh then went on to become a successful UFC fighter in the middleweight division. Two of his most memorable fights were with Eddie Gordon and Caio Magalhães. On December 6, 2014, at UFC 181, Josh faced Eddie "The Truck" Gordon. After losing the first round, he came back in the second round to land a left switch head kick on Gordon, knocking him out in what was considered one of the best knockouts of 2014.
In his memoir, "The Housekeeper: Love, Death & Prizefighting" , Josh chronicles his struggles with addiction, career-threatening injuries, and the death of his lover in this gripping memoir.
In addition to completing his novel, Josh also wrote for several Mixed Martial Arts news outlets on a regular basis. Some of these news outlets were UFC.com, BloodyElbow.com and FloCombat.com; just to name a few.
That highlight reel knockout earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award. Josh then faced Caio "Hellboy" Magalhães on July 12, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale. He won this brutal fight via rear naked choke in the first round which also earned a Performance of the Night bonus.
You can view a collection of his finest moments inside the octagon on UFC Fightpass. His final professional record is 12-4.