MMA Stars React To News Of Kobe Bryant’s Tragic Death

Iconic basketball superstar Kobe Bryant’s death at just 41-years-of-age in a helicopter crash that killed eight other people, including one his daughters, sent a shockwave around the world yesterday.

Among those mourning the loss of one of basketball’s greatest ever players on social media were some of the biggest stars in the world of MMA, and you can read their thoughts below.

“Thank you for choosing me KB. Thank you for trusting me with this show [‘Detail’ on ESPN] that meant so much to you. It was your brainchild. We will honor you with every episode. You were just the best, and getting to know you is something I’ll never forget. #ripmamba.” – Daniel Cormier

“Hard to believe my friend” – Anderson “The Spider” Silva

“Rip” — Amanda Nunes

“Horrible!!!! RIP my man” — Dana White

“A million apologies and condolences we just lost a super athlete #ripKobe”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) January 26, 2020

“Just sad man…Woke up to the news and it’s sad az.” – Israel Adesanya

“prayers” – Cris Cyborg

“No way. So sad”
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) January 26, 2020

“Terribly sad. RIP to a legend who meant so much to so many. You will be remembered forever as the champion you are.” — Francis Ngannou

“R.I.P.” — Gilbert Burns

“Bruh wtf !?!?!!?!!??!!!” — Platinum Mike Perry

“RIP to a real leader and motivator #KobeBryant #8 #24” — Aljamain Sterling

“What!? Is this really true?” — Megan Anderson

“TMZ just reported that Kobe Bryant has passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. I hope it’s not true but if it is, my condolences go out to his family and the millions of lives he positively impacted.” — Michael Chiesa

“Profoundly sad day.” — Jon Anik

“One of the greatest athletes of all time . RIP KOBE BRYANT.” — Derek Brunson

“Feeling speechless right now. This hurts. RIP #kobebryant and all family and others involved.” — Alan Jouban

“Rest In Peace brother #kobebryant #kobe.” — Gökhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) January 26, 2020

“Damn RIP Kobe. That meme with him talking to his duaghter at the game hit hard man.” — Sodiq Yusuff

“Can’t believe what I just heard. My heart is broken. God bless his family.” — Glover Teixeira

“Speechless! Rest Easy G.O.A.T.” – Walt Harris

“I just had 2 people message me that Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash. I don’t believe this. Is this for real?” — Carla Esparza

“RIP Mamba”
— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) January 26, 2020

“RIP Legend to a legend Kobe Bryant.” — Edmen Shahbazyan

“So tragic prayers to his family.” — Niko Price

“OMG KOBE !!!” — Jimi Manuwa

“Wow RIP mamba” — Belal Muhammad

“I am a wrestler and fighter at heart but athlete by choice. Kobe has to be one of the most iconic athletes of my generation that I can remember watching for so many years. RIP Kobe” — Deron Winn

“Kobe had an invincible aura to him, almost god-like. It’s crazy to think something like this could happen to him #RIP” — Louis Smolka

“I’m speechless…” — Shana Danger Dobson

“MAMBA MENTALITY” — Boston Salmon

“Please tell me this is not real? Omgoodness! If so, my heart goes out to his family!” — Marion Reneau

“Wow I can’t believe the news on Kobe right now” – Brad Tavares

“RIP to the legend @kobebryant Honestly can’t even believe that this news is true. Growing up wasn’t a Kobe/Laker fan, but couldn’t help to admire, appreciate, and respect the competitor that he was, and all that he…” — Brad Tavares

“RIP Kobe. This is a dark hour and dark world at times. But you made it a brighter place and inspired me growing up. Thank you. My heart is out to your family. ♥️” — Anthony Rocco Martin

“WTF Kobe’s really dead?” — Mark Diakiese

“Man Kobe was one of my fav/ greatest athletes of all time . RIP to a great one” — Eryk Anders

“RIP to the legend @kobebryant” — Mike Trizano

“Damn, this one hurts” — Mike Jackson

“Rest in Power Black Mamba #24” — Montel Jackson

“This is so terrible. All I can think about are his daughters. I’ll be praying for them” — Austin Arnett

“I’m at a loss for words. My favorite athlete of all time. I still can’t believe this really happened. R.I.P Kobe thank you for being someone me and many many others can look up too! #relentless #GreatestOfAllTime.” — Christos Giagos

Ross launched MMA Insight (previously in 2009 as a way to channel his passion for the sport of mixed martial arts. He's since penned countless news stories and live fight reports along with dozens of feature articles as the lead writer for the site, reaching millions of fans in the process.