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MMA Fighter and Wife Found Shot to Death

12/18/2008 2:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned former UFC fighter Justin Levens and his wife were found dead from gunshot wounds in a home in Laguna Niguel, Calif. earlier today.

Sources say cops are investigating their deaths as a possible murder/suicide.

Levens had a career record of 9-8 and fought in several different MMA leagues, including the IFL, WEC and UFC.

In a morbid twist, Levens once lost to Evan Tanner -- the UFC fighter who was found dead in the desert back in September.


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31.

Terrance    

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3560015&page=1

It's been proven that Benoit had advanced dementia caused by multiuple concussions. It is also proven this type of dementia changes how people think and also effects their behavior. I guess it technically hasn't been proven because investigators are interested in what happened. If the suspect is dead, they really don't have to go into the details of why it happened...

Either way, I'm not excusing Benoit either... what he did was horrible and what happened here is horrible too. I guess we can take some comfort in the fact that no children were involved in this case.

Also everyone who thinks Justin Levins is a Pro wrestler need to know that you're all misinformed. Mixed Martial Arts is basically like boxing. They are regulated by their state's athletic commission just like boxing is and are only able to fight in the states and countries that have the regulation.

Pro Wrestling goes everywhere because it's a performance. Much like theater or any other form of acting or planned entertainment. Boxing and MMA are in the same category. Combat sport.

1954 days ago
32.

Tangie    

These wrestlers are just all losers. You think they don't take steroids you are dumber than your momma.

1954 days ago
33.

Guy on the Couch    

Did any of you people who are attributing these deaths to steroids pick up on the line in the article that says; "Sources say cops are INVESTIGATING their deaths as a POSSIBLE murder/suicide."?

First of all, there is absolutely NO confirmation at this point as to what actually happened, aside from two identified bodies being found. We don't even know if it was murder/suicide. Details are minimal (to the public, at least), so where's the evidence to prove all you ignornant fools right?

There isn't any.

And as for people who immediately thought of Chris Benoit, this is from Wikipedia:
"Tests were conducted on Benoit's brain by Julian Bailes, the head of neurosurgery at West Virginia University, and results showed that "Benoit's brain was so severely damaged it resembled the brain of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient."[115] He was reported to have had an advanced form of dementia, similar to the brains of four retired NFL players who had suffered multiple concussions, sank into depression and harmed themselves or others. Bailes and his colleagues concluded that repeated concussions can lead to dementia, which can contribute to severe behavioral problems.[116] Benoit's father suggests that brain damage may have been the leading cause of the crime.[117] "

Check it out, it's quite inciteful when you don't know a lot of easily accessible facts regarding the situation.

1954 days ago
34.

Donkeypuncher    

There isn't a sport known to man where a participant wouldn't have an advantage on roids. Shut your piehole you ignorant ass fools. Increased strength, stamina and reflex speed can be attributed to the use of roids. Not every roid user looks like a competitive bodybuilder.

1954 days ago
35.

John Rock    

Blow + rampant bipolar is more likely imo

1954 days ago
36.

Cheryl    

HOW SAD! MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.... WHY HASN'T THERE BEEN ANYTHING MENTIONED ON THE LEGENDARY FREESTYLE SINGER SANDRA HARVEY A.K.A. SANDEE'? SHE WAS FOUND DEAD IN HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA.

1953 days ago
37.

missangelkitten    

I am appalled at how insensitive people can be when they are hiding behind screen names. NONE of us know why this trajedy happened and until the details are released, no one should be name calling or making outrageous accusations. Two people are dead here. Imagine if someone you loved died alongside their spouse. How would you feel if plenty of people started saying horrible things that just may not be true.

Try to give a damn about the family and send your best wishes to them. They are in their homes suffering a great loss and all I keep hearing is roid this and roid that. Not all athletes use roids and if this had any corelation then the pain the family is feeling is STILL the same. They are STILL hurting. Send your support and love out to them instead of your hatred and judgements.

1953 days ago
38.

missangelkitten    

This is the latest reported information:
A report on Sherdog.com has Sheriff's officials stating that the bodies appeared to have been there for "a few days," but a more recent report on the Orange County Register's website said that both Justin and Sara had appeared in court Wednesday morning facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

It is still very early in the investigation, but news of the court appearance may shed some additional light on this tragedy. Details of the assault charge have not been revealed yet, but it seems very possible that it may have had something to do with the deaths of Levens and his wife.

1953 days ago
39.

141man    

I feel very badly for all the people hurt by the loss of any humans life. I regret that there is not more information or warning regarding the dangers of fighting of any kind at any level. Peoples minds and bodies are beaten, broken, and disfigured by
some brutal and bizarre display of skills that are virtually useless in the real world. Kids and never-to-grow-up adults alike mimic this behavior, seen as "sport" or "entertainment" much more often the more they are exposed to it. This is especially true if others are present when one is being exposed to such brutality, as the more people watching lend normality and acceptance to an incredibly stupid, and otherwise illegal form of assault. There is no such thing as a great fighter. A highly skilled fighter cannot attain greatness from needlessly damaging other human beings.
Strangely, as an aside, I noticed that not one supporter of the dead fighter can spell, construct a sentence, or use common grammar. Parents try harder! Don't allow your children to embrace brutality. It apparently leads to stupidity.

1953 days ago
40.

Rebecca    

I didn't know Justin or his wife personally but I have close friends who were near and dear to them, and always heard that they were both genuine and nice people. Everyone hopping on this site to devote their time to posting something hurtful and disrespectful, you should think twice, not only because you shouldn't make judgments about people you don't know, but also because you could be causing additional heartbreak and disrespect to Justin and Sara's friends and family that are still very much alive, and at this point just trying to mourn their friends/family and make it through the day after this loss.

Grow up people, and have a little respect.

1953 days ago
41.

Quincy    

Who says that steriods were involved at all? These guys are constantly having to make the weight class they fight in. You can't make weight by jacking up steroids and putting on pounds. If anything, It's a type "A" personallity problem, or a case of plain old depression, just like you and me may be swept over by.

1953 days ago
42.

Nate    

really? since he fought in the UFC it is automatically a steroid related incident? how? i guess that means evan tanner died from steroids since he fought in the UFC.

1953 days ago
43.

oscar gil    

it really upsets me how cruel people can be 90% of these people werent lucky enough to know justin and the ones that did arent the ones talking crap. if your going to talk about something make sure your well informed other wise you end up looking like idiots like all these people. Justin and his wife death had nothing to do with steriods. think how u would feel if your friend or brother had a tragedy like this and people were reacting in this way have a heart. or at least keep it to yourself out of respect to his friends and family. you should all be lucky u made the comments over the computer, most likely from your grandmas basement.

1953 days ago
44.

Biff Gnarly    

Hey Terrance, you're an idiot, show me the proof you're talking about.

1953 days ago
45.

mano y mano    

I think he had a weak mind and no heart. I also think he knew it.

His remedy would've been the years of party drugs and nuthuggers telling him how cool he was. Obviously that didn't work.

Taking your girls life first is one step from pedophilia. If I was him, I'd do the same, but leave the girl. I would've given him a tiny bit of respect if he did.

Hold back nuthuggers, remember that he MURDERED his wife before he pussed out on life. Just another criminal NOT in our courtrooms.

1953 days ago
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