TUF Alum Dane “Red Horse” Sayers Passes Away Aged 33

Dane Sayers TUF 12
Dane Sayers Credit: Spike TV

While The Ultimate Fighter returned to television screens just last week, a part of its history has tragically passed on.

Dane Sayers, known as “Red Horse” thanks to his native ancestry, appeared on the twelfth season of the show. Sadly, the 33-year old was found dead this past weekend in his hometown of Fargo, North Dakota.

Radio station WZFG reported that Sayers’ body had been pulled from the Red River. No cause of death has been reported, and an autopsy is expected to take place.

Sayers (12-4), known for sporting a memorable red mohawk, was part of Team St-Pierre on TUF 12. He fought to a 1-1 record under the legendary welterweight, getting his shot on the show after starting his career with a 7-1 record.

Unfortunately for Sayers, he never had a chance to compete in the UFC proper. Instead, he returned to the regional scene following his time on The Ultimate Fighter. Sayers posted a 5-2 record after his flirtation with the UFC, most notably falling to future UFC star Bryan Barberena in 2012. That same year, he had put together a couple of wins, finishing Chris Hugh via body kick in one of them.

Sayers’ most recent action came in the bare-knuckle realm rather than MMA. He suffered a knockout loss to Joshua Dyer at VBK 1 in September 2019. The promotion was founded by UFC legend Ken Shamrock.


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