UFC heavyweight fighter Justin Eilers (19-7-1) was shot and killed on Christmas Night in Nampa, Idaho.
“We initially received the call as being a domestic disturbance at the residence … While deputies were en route to the residence, they were updated that a shot had been fired and a person had been shot at the scene.” [fiveOnces]
“When deputies arrived on scene they took James Robert Malec into custody,” Canyon County Police Capt. Dana Maxfield stated. “He is 48-years old and has been charged with second degree murder.”
Details surrounding the incident have not yet been revealed by police, but sources close to Eilers indicate that Malec is the boyfriend of Eilers’ mother. He and Eilers reportedly got into some sort of argument and Malec allegedly produced a gun and shot Eilers.[MMAWeekly]
The former Iowa State University football linebacker competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championships from 2004-2006.
- UFC 57 – loss to Brandon Vera via KO (Head Kick)
- UFC 53 – loss to Andrei Arlovski via TKO (Punches)
- UFC 51 – loss to Paul Buentello via KO (Punch)
- UFC 49 – Won over Mike Kyle KO (Punch)
In 2008 Eilers was picked up by EliteXC to fight the heavyweight champion Antonio “Big Foot” Silva at EliteXC “Unfinished Business”. He ended up losing that fight by TKO early in the second round. That was Eilers last MMA fight.
Eilers was 30 years old…