Former UFC Fighter Felipe Colares Killed After Being Hit By Bus in Rio

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Felipe Colares, UFC Vegas 55 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

Former UFC bantamweight/featherweight Felipe Colares was killed on Monday after being struck by a bus in Rio de Janeiro.

Colares, 29, was a Brazilian native fighting out of Macapa, who appeared six times for the UFC between 2019 and 2022. According to a report by Brazilian media outlet Combate, citing Rodrigo Babi, Colares’ coach, the fighter was worked on by first responders and transported to nearby Rocha Faria Hospital, in Campo Grande in serious condition.

Colares succumbed to his injuries in transit. He leaves behind a wife and 10-month old son.

Felipe Colares was released by the UFC in June of 2022 off of back-to-back losses against Chris Gutierrez and Chris Hooper. He posted a 2-4 record in the promotion, picking up victories over Luke Sanders and Domingo Pilarte.

Prior to joining the UFC in 2019, Colares had started his mixed martial arts career on a perfect 8-0 run, winning the Jungle Fight featherweight championship in 2017.

Following his departure from the UFC in 2022, Colares signed on with ARES FC, fighting this past February in Paris, France. The fight saw Colares return to the win column care of a rear-naked choke submission victory against Alioune Nahaye.

Since 2014, Colares had been training with Team Nogueira. With the ARES FC 12 win in February, he had improved his record to 11-4.