Virginia Pro MMA Fighter, Sheppard, Wounded in Shooting

Professional Mixed Martial Artist, George “Lights Out” Sheppard, was the victim of a shooting just before midnight on Saturday, May 7th, in Richmond, Virginia.  

According to a report from the Richmond Police Department,  “officers responded to the 300 block of North Madison Street for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found an adult male (Sheppard) suffering from an apparent gunshot wound lying on the sidewalk outside the building.  A Chesterfield County woman was arrested at the scene and charged with two felony counts, including malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.”  

Sheppard was transported to a nearby hospital, suffering from non-life threatening injuries.  MMA in VA reached out to Sheppard’s management company, Sweat Equity MMA, who provided the following statement: “Happy to report that George is recovering quickly, but will not be able to fight June 10th on AXS TV for CES.  He is recovering from an accidental shooting that took place this past weekend.  Aside from being very disappointed, George is in good spirits and taking this well.”

Sheppard, currently our top ranked Lightweight,  and the 2nd ranked Lightweight in the Virginias Region of, was looking to end his three fight losing streak at CES 36, a New England Promotion.  Sheppard, 15-11, with seemingly all the talent in the world, having come up just short against some top tier talent, including several current UFC fighters, will have to endure the recovery process before he can look for that signature win that could propel him to the next level of success.