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Shawn Tompkins (March 16, 1974 – August 14, 2011)[2] was a Canadian kickboxer and mixed martial artist, and later trainer. At the time of his death, he was an instructor at the Tapout Training Center. He formerly coached the Los Angeles Anacondas of the International Fight League.

Shawn Tompkins
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Born(1974-03-16)March 16, 1974
Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada
DiedAugust 14, 2011(2011-08-14) (aged 37)
Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada[1]
Other names"The Coach"
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
TeamTapout Training Center
Team Tompkins
Xtreme Couture
Rank3rd degree black belt in Shotokan
Years active2000–2001 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
Other information
Notable studentsVitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, Martin Kampmann, Ray Sefo, Wanderlei Silva, Sam Stout
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Biography and careerEdit

Tompkins began studying Shotokan karate at the age of six, and went to be a two-time Canadian National Karate Champion and a third degree black belt in the discipline. He began kickboxing at sixteen years old and competed in 47 matches, holding Canadian, North American and South American titles.[3][4]

At the age of eighteen, he opened his first training facility in Ontario, Canada. He later relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States in August 2007 and worked as the head striking coach at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts before joining the Tapout Training Center in October 2009.[5] He was also the coach for the Los Angeles Anacondas of the International Fight League, officially taking the reins from Bas Rutten as the head coach on March 17, 2007, just before their matchup against the San Jose Razorclaws.

Tompkins taught such notable fighters as Vitor Belfort, Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, Wanderlei Silva and Sam Stout.

On November 30, 2011, at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas during the 2011 World MMA Awards Results, Tompkins was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Tompkins was married to Emilie Stout, the sister of fellow fighter, Sam Stout.[7] On Sunday, August 14, 2011 Tompkins died unexpectedly, of a sudden heart attack, in his sleep at the age of 37.[2][8]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
4 matches 0 wins 4 losses
By knockout 0 4
By submission 0 0
By decision 0 0
By disqualification 0 0
Unknown 0 0
Draws 0
No contests 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–4 Joel Leblanc TKO (punches) UCC 6 - Redemption October 19, 2001 1 2:38 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 0–3 David Loiseau TKO (punches) UCC 4 - Return Of The Super Strikers May 12, 2001 1 1:26 Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Loss 0–2 Steve Vigneault TKO (punches) UCC 2 - The Moment of Truth August 12, 2000 1 2:43 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 0–1 Matt Rocca TKO (punches) UCC 1 - The New Beginning June 2, 2000 1 8:50 Montreal, Quebec, Canada


  1. ^ "Canadian MMA trainer dies at 37". August 14, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Marrocco, Steven (August 14, 2011). "Sources: Renowned MMA trainer Shawn Tompkins dead at 37". MMA Junkie. Archived from the original on September 14, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  3. ^ Legendary Mixed Martial Arts Coach Shawn Tompkins Passes
  4. ^ Profile @ Tapout Training Center
  5. ^ Hui, Ray (October 14, 2009). "Shawn Tompkins Resigns from Xtreme Couture, Joins TapouT Training Center". Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  6. ^ Chiappetta, Mike. "2011 World MMA Awards Results". MMA Writer. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  7. ^ Rodriguez, Jose (March 22, 2008). "Hands of Stone rocks". Slam! Sports. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  8. ^ Dalla Costa, Morris (August 16, 2011). "Tompkins cause of death revealed". Retrieved August 16, 2011.

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