Body of ex-MMA fighter Dane Sayers ‘pulled from a river’ in North Dakota

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Former UFC fighter Dane Sayers has died at the age of 33 after being pulled from a river in North Dakota, according to reports.

According to local radio station WZFG, Sayers – who rose to fame on season 12 of the UFC's hit reality show The Ultimate Fighter – was pulled from the Red River in his home town of Fargo on Saturday.

Officials are still waiting for results of his autopsy to confirm his cause of death, which is currently unknown.

The welterweight enjoyed a 16-fight MMA career spanning over a decade from 2008 to 2018, which saw him claim 12 victories in Dakota FC, Impact FC, Crowbar MMA and MAX fights.

His last MMA outing came back in April 2018, when he suffered defeat at the hands of Indalecio Romero.

He then entered the world of bare-knuckle boxing for what would prove his last ever fight in September 2019, slumping to a first-round stoppage loss against Josh Dyer on Ken Shamrock's inaugural Valor BK event.

Sayers, who was also known by the alias 'Red Horse' because of his native roots, went 1-1 during his time on The Ultimate Fighter – wherein he was coached by UFC legend Georges St-Pierre – claiming a submission win over Ariel Sexton.

However, he was then knocked out of the tournament after dropping a decision against Sako Chivitchian.

Fans were quick to pour in with tributes to Sayers on social media, with one writing: "F****** loved this guy. Heart of a lion. R.I.P".

Another commented: "Awww man, RIP. I remember watching him on the show, seemed like a chill guy".

While a third said: "Damn, he was such a great character too. Rip Dane".

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