A Tribute to Josh Samman

Josh Samman was a fighter, author, entrepreneur and a cherished friend to many. He had a way of filling a room with his broad smile, impressive physique and ingratiating personality. A kind battler, he described himself as someone who “always bounces back” from adversity. His confidence was contagious; he had a way of making others feel better about themselves. 

Tragically, Samman died Wednesday at age 28. The cause of his death has not been announced, pending an autopsy. 

Samman participated as a 2015 Top Single and his circle of friends came to include employees at Tallahassee Magazine and Rowland Publishing who got to know him over the course of photo shoots and fundraisers. He maintained ties to the magazine and attended 2016 Top Single pre-events where he demonstrated his love and support for his community.

Samman was a founder of Combat Nights and was a well-known and highly respected mixed-martial-arts and UFC fighter. He started his career as a professional MMA fighter in 2007 and joined the Ultimate Fighter Championship in 2013. 

Samman’s memoir, “The Housekeeper: Love, Death and Prizefighting,” published earlier this year, chronicled his struggles with addiction, career-threatening injuries and the death of his girlfriend. 

The Tallahassee and MMA communities are deeply saddened by the loss of such an inspirational and irrepressible man. He will long be remembered for his accomplishments inside and outside the octagon.