Midwest MMA Veteran William Joplin Dies of Pancreatic Cancer

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 8, 2019


William Joplin, a mixed martial arts veteran with more than 30 bouts’ experience, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, according to the GoFundMe page set up in his name. Joplin was 41 years old.

Joplin’s sister, Shelley Joplin, brought word of the fighter’s passing on the page, which was initially established in September 2018. That page will remain active to help pay for his cremation expenses and memorial service.

Known as “The Armadillo,” Joplin competed for multiple organizations over the course of a professional career that began in 2010. During his tenure, Joplin fought for Bellator MMA, Victory Fighting Championship, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, Titan FC and Legacy Fighting Alliance, to name a few.

In his lone Bellator appearance, Joplin lost a unanimous decision to featherweight contender Juan Archuleta at Bellator 195. Other notable Joplin opponents included ex-UFC talents Walel Watson and Pablo Garza. The Missouri native, who trained at Glory MMA & Fitness, finished his career with an 18-15 mark.

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I’ll see you on the other side, brother.

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A different breed of warrior! Rest In Peace my friend. We will miss you @thearmadillo1

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