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UFC Pioneer Art ‘One Glove’ Jimmerson Dies at 60

The sport of MMA has lost a trailblazer.

Retired boxer and former UFC fighter Art Jimmerson has died at 60. He passed away on Wednesday, as his daughter shared with ESPN. The cause of death hasn’t been disclosed yet.

Jimmerson, with a 33-18 boxing record, was passionate about boxing but wanted to take on a new challenge. In 1993, when the UFC began, he competed at its first event in Denver, Colorado.

The first UFC event, “UFC 1,” brought together fighters from different backgrounds in a one-night, openweight tournament with minimal rules to determine the best fighting style.

Jimmerson chose to represent boxing with a unique approach: he wore a boxing glove on his left hand while keeping his right hand bare. This earned him the nickname “One Glove.” His strategy was to jab with the gloved hand while delivering powerful bare-knuckle strikes with his right. However, jiu-jitsu expert Royce Gracie quickly submitted Jimmerson, just as he did with all his opponents to win the “UFC 1” tournament.

Jimmerson didn’t return to MMA but focused on his boxing career, later becoming a coach to help others.

“Art was known for his love of God, family, and boxing,” his son, Christian, said on Facebook. “He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A funeral service to celebrate Art’s life will be announced. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. Please keep Art and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Jimmerson, who fought out of St. Louis, Missouri, will likely be honored by the UFC with a tribute video at their upcoming Fight Night event in St. Louis this weekend.