R.I.P. One Of The Team McGregor SBG Head Coaches Has Passed Away

In a bit of sad news this evening, it has been announced that Conor McGregor’s MMA team of SBG has lost one of it’s head coaches.

A staple of the international MMA scene, and head coach of SBG’s Manchester location, Karl Tanswell has passed away.

Fighters from around the world, and from the McGregor fight team have all hit twitter with their own heartfelt messages on the loss.

The folks over at Conor McGregor’s “The Mac Life” website have more:

Tanswell, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt since 2007 under Matt Thornton, was a fixture in the British MMA scene and contributed greatly to the development of both the sport and its athletes in the UK. As well as his BJJ nous, Tanswell was also versed in Muay Thai and western boxing but, more importantly than his qualifications, his students would say that he had the interpersonal skills necessary to impart that knowledge on to others.

Tanswell coached, cornered and advised a number of fighters in the British and Irish mixed martial arts scene throughout his career, including the likes of Gunnar Nelson and Chris Fields.

Such was his standing in the European mixed martial arts scene that tributes from just some of people he impacted throughout his career have begun flooding in on social media. You can see a selection of those below.