Undefeated Light Heavyweight Prospect Tanner Marlow Killed in Christmas Eve Slaying

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Tanner Marlow, LFA 134 weigh-in Credit: Legacy Fighting Alliance

An undefeated prospect recently competing for LFA has tragically had his life cut short.

Tanner Marlow (4-0), who kicked off his pro career in 2012 before taking an extended hiatus, returning in 2017, was the victim of an apparent double-homicide on December 24. Per a report by ABC TV 23, the incident, which took place in a Bakersfield, CA residence, began when a man attempted to force his way inside the home of an ex-girlfriend.

That man, identified by police as Jacob Malena, was armed. So, too, was Marlow, who confronted the suspect, leading to an exchange of gunfire that left both men dead.

The woman living at the residence was not injured.

Marlow’s most recent fight came this past July, when he finished Joel Guzman by TKO at LFA 134. Iridium Sports Agency, who represented the 30-year old, released a statement in response to his passing.

“We’re heartbroken over the tragic passing of our Team Iridium brother Tanner Marlow. Tanner is remembered fondly as one of the most promising unbeaten prospects in the sport of MMA, and a very proud family man. Tanner is missed greatly, and we extend our sincerest condolences and prayers to his family, friends, and team at this difficult time.”

A GoFundMe in support of Tanner Marlow’s family has also been launched.