It is with a heavy heart I pass on the news from Sherdog that Dutch sensation Ramon Dekkers passed away yesterday at the age of 43 in his hometown of Breda, Holland. According to the early reports he was biking when he collapsed and passer-by's could not revive him.
Ramon may be a "new" name to some, but for those of us who have been following kickboxing Ramon is nothing short of a legend posting an unbelievable career record of 186-33-2 before hanging up his gloves in 2006! No... you did not misread... 186 victories alone, and lets not forget to mention the 95 KO's on the path to 186 victories! That is a 51% KO rate for those keep track at home. "The Diamond" as he was known, was one of the sharpest fighters ever to come out of Holland.
One cannot help but wonder if the years of hard training and abuse contributed to his early passing (WAY too early), but either way lets remember the man for what he was... a true warrior and sportsman!
My condolences and thoughts go to his family and fight crew. May he rest in peace.
(Carl Orf's Carmina Burana is THE best fight music!!!!)