Casey Suire was an MMA fighter and also worked in Indonesia.
Kaplan native killed in motor bike accident in Indonesia
Sad news for the industry of mixed martial arts in Asia and the town of Kaplan.
Respected mixed martial artist Casey Suire, a Kaplan native and 1995 graduate of Kaplan High School, has been killed in a tragic motorbike accident in the early hours of Sunday morning in Bali, Indonesia.
Initial reports say he was killed on impact.
Suire was an up and coming fighter with a 6-2 pro record. He signed with ONE Championship in 2013.
Originally from Kaplan, Suire was sent to Indonesia by an international oil and gas company and it was there that he began studying martial arts.
He has gone on to forge a reputation as a fierce competitor in numerous disciplines and is undefeated in professional boxing and just two losses in pro MMA.
Since news of his accident became known, the industry has sent its wishes and sympathy for the Suire family.
Suire had only moved back to Bali last week after spending time in the United States and was a key member of the highly respected Jakarta Muay Thai club as well as it sister club Bali MMA, where he had been working with former Bellator 135-pound challenger Anthony Leone and top ONE Championship flyweight Andrew Leone.
“Thank you brother for all the training sessions we had together,” fellow ONE Championship fighter Anthony Engelen said via Facebook.
“Thank you for cornering me in my 2nd pro fight. Thank you for just being an awesome guy.”
“I’d trust Casey Suire with my life, such a great great human being,” said Andrew Leone. “All you leave with is how you made people feel when you were around them and Casey always made you feel good warm and had loads of positive energy. Love that guy and it’s really horrible to have had this accident happen.”