Tyler East, former MMA fighter, shot and killed in New Mexico


Former MMA fighter Tyler East was shot and killed in New Mexico this week, authorities said.

East, 30, was found dead Monday at a residence in Los Lunas, about 40 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico State Police said Tuesday.

The Valencia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home on a domestic violence call and found a woman and a man, later identified as East, suffering from gunshot wounds, the statement said.

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Tyler East (New Mexico Department of Corrections)

Tyler East (New Mexico Department of Corrections)

The New Mexico State Police Bureau of Investigation learned that East had shot his girlfriend and then dragged her out of the residence during a domestic dispute. Then another man reportedly shot him at the residence.

East was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. His girlfriend was transported to a hospital in Albuquerque where she was in stable condition as of Tuesday.

East, the brother of former UFC fighter Cody East, competed 21 times as a professional MMA fighter from 2009 to 2016, according to MMA Junkie, a news website that covers mixed martial arts.

Nicknamed “The Beast,” his professional MMA record was 15-6-0.

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He was knocked out by Brian Heden in his final fight at Legacy FC 60 in October 2016.

East also has a history of running into the law, according to reports.

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The investigation was continuing, according to authorities.

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