MMA Veteran Brian Gassaway died on Saturday at age 49.

The death was confirmed by a friend with a GoFundMe page being created the following day with the goal of $20,000.

“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, teacher, and mentor, Brian Gassaway,” read the GoFundMe page.

“Please know that as much as he helped you, you also helped him,” it continued. 

Gassaway debuted in a 1996 tournament, losing to former UFC fighter Anthony Macias via submission after winning his first two rounds.

Throughout his career, he traveled around the world and was undefeated between 1998 to early 2000.

Gassaway is survived by his wife Mimi, mother, and brother.

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