Valor Fights and president Tim Loy have released a statement on the passing of Grant Shanaman, who was slated to face Steven Haag at Valor Fights 39 next month in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Valor Fights would like to express our most sincere condolences to the fiends and family of Grant Shanaman. We were looking forward to watching grant compete against Steve Haag at Valor Fights 39 on December 2nd in Knoxville. Shanaman was a proud veteran of the US Army and a doting father to his four children. It’s times like these that we all need to be grateful four our loved ones and realize that life is short.
“We are very saddened to hear about the tragic news of Grant’s passing,” said Valor Fights president Tim Loy. “Our hearts go out to his children and surviving family during this time of mourning, We will miss Grant at Valor Fights 39 as he was going to be an integral part of the event.”
According to a news report from WRAL in North Carolina, Shanaman was deployed 10 times overseas.
Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman, of Media, Pa., was an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper and served 10 combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Details surrounding his death were not immediately available. The investigation is ongoing.
According to a report from the Fayetteville Observer, he was also received many awards for his service. According to his Facebook page, he was also a single parent.
The 38-year-old began competing in MMA in 2012. He posted a 4-2 record as an amateur and was 1-1 as a pro. His first pro win came just over a month ago at an event in South Carolina.