Content Warning: Mentions of suicide, child pornography and domestic abuse
Travis Fulton, one of MMA’s most notable journeymen with over 300 fights, was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday morning.
Authorities in the Linn County Correctional Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, found Fulton hanged in his cell. He was pronounced dead at 5:00AM, roughly an hour after he was discovered, per a statement from the sheriff’s office.
An investigation of Fulton’s death is ongoing, including an autopsy that will be done by the State Medical Examiner. Local news station KWWL called the death an “apparent suicide.”
Earlier this year, Fulton was charged with sexual exploitation of a child, possession of child pornography and receipt of child pornography. He was already facing willful injury and domestic assault charges relating to a 2019 incident.
Court records showed that Fulton had agreed to plead guilty to child pornography charges just a day before his death, per a report from The Iowa Gazette.
Fulton was one of MMA’s most well-known journeymen, having competed frequently for over two decades in the sport. His appearances included hundreds of bouts on the regional scene in the U.S., along with a few fights in the early years of the UFC and WEC.
Fulton last competed in 2019, where he defeated Shannon Ritch on a Road to M-1 USA card.