Written by Jason Adams, Ohio Mixed Martial Arts
While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. ~John Taylor
I woke up the morning of November 30th and went about my normal routine of checking Facebook before heading to the gym. However, on this morning checking Facebook was different. I saw many somber status updates from people in the Ohio MMA community. The posts were very telling in their simplicity. People asking why or how? People saying “I will miss you” and then those three telling letters, R.I.P.. I did what I presumed many did and I began a search to find out who had passed. Eventually I learned it was Russ Halsey. It was sad to learn of his passing, that his two young children- daughter Cameron and son Cayden- would no longer have their father. In talking of his children, Sean Serfass says “he would want to be remembered as an amazing father over everything”. Russ was just coming off of his first pro MMA win over Matt Trukovich at Big Guns 11 two weeks prior, and Evolve’s John Cook said that Russ had a new desire to start competing in grappling tournaments. These are both exciting and positive things for someone in the MMA community, which made it more shocking when it started to come out that Russ had taken his own life. Several days later, many are still struggle to accept it. Jessica Zomcik says “it still doesn’t seem real”, a sentiment share by Mario Micale who says even after his funeral “it still doesn’t seem real” and Sean Serfass when he says “even after everything that has passed, with the calling hours and the funeral and seeing him in the casket, I still can’t believe it”.
Many people have opinions on suicide, but that is not what I am here for. What I am here to do is to let people know the man that was Russ Halsey. The man who is a big loss in the Ohio MMA community. He is such a big loss that we are seeing rival promoters and promotions working together to honor him. Something that is not always and would not always be done. I want to focus on the “Russ” that everybody loved, not the “Russ” who as his last opponent Matt Trukovich said “was not of sound mind, sound minded people don’t do that”.
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