For most people in the United States, Independence Day was a day off from work. A day of celebration, barbecue, fireworks, and family. But for MMA fighter Aaron Rajman, it was a day that never came because, on Monday, July 3, 2017, he was shot and killed in his home in West Boca, Florida.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, several men entered the home of Rajman at about 10:24 p.m. on the night of July 3, 2017. Rajman argued with the men, they shot him, and the men fled the scene. Rajman died soon after.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has no motive for the shooting, and the tragic event was a shock to all that new Rajman. His friend and Miami fight promoter, Dave Zalewski had this to say about it:
“I’m just literally at a loss for words. Everyone I talked to is sickened…He was the most humble guy around, he never talked bad about people.”
Zalewski hadn’t talked to Rajman for a couple weeks, but the two had both planned to attend a friend’s 4th of July barbecue the next day.
Rajman, who just turned 25-years-old a week prior to his death, was a devout Orthodox Jew, and was known by one MMA referee, Russ Greenberg, as “the matzoh brawler.”
He trained at the American Top Team gym since he was 16. The gym is also home to UFC Superstars such as the undefeated and number one pound-for-pound female fighter in the UFC, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and Amanda Nunes, the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion, who defended her title last year by getting a TKO victory over Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds.
According to MixedMartialArts.com Rajman had an amateur record of eight wins and one loss, with a professional record of two wins and two losses. His last fight was back in May of 2016. Greenberg says that Rajman had a leg injury, but he was back in the gym training for a fight in the upcoming months.
The MMA South Florida Facebook page posted this message for Rajman:
“The world lost another warrior today. R.I.P Aaron Rajman. You will be missed.”
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