Longtime Ohio MMA fighter Steve Smith has passed away, according to reports from those close to him.
Known as “Superfly,” Smith was a member of Demoliton Fight Team in Northwest Ohio. He competed a total of eight times for IT Fight Series, as well as other promotions like Complete Devastation MMA, Gladiators of the Cage, Ohio Cage Combat, NAAFS, Purgatory Fight Series, and more.
Those close to him have mentioned in social media posts that he was one of the most beloved members of the Demolition team and that he was always happy to help out kids who wanted to try their hand at martial arts.
IT Fight Series promoter Scott Sheeley broke the news on his Facebook page:
Sad Day.. Just got word Superfly Steve Smith passed last evening. Steve fought for IT Fight Series 8 times and every time he went to war and put on a great show. As I looked for a picture to post their were many action shots of him punching, kicking, slamming, and having this hand raised in the cage, but I think this picture fits best. Always helping others… RIP to great fighter, family man and human being
Smith competed 17 times as a pro in MMA, compiling a 7-10 record including wins over notables Richard McDole, Charlie Gathers, Joshua Killion, and Tray Taylor. He most recently competed in the main event at IT Fight Series 36, where he was submitted by Antonio Castillo Jr. in the second round.
Smith also competed three times in pro boxing, with his last bout coming exactly one month ago today. His younger brother Jeff was also a pro fighter, although he hasn’t competed since 2013.
Due to concern for his family and friends, BluegrassMMA will not be publishing the cause of his death. Steve Smith was 35 years old.