How did Travis Fulton die? Ex-MMA fighter found dead after apparent suicide in Iowa jail
Just a day before death, Fulton pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography charges
LINN COUNTY, IOWA: Former MMA fighter Travis Fulton who made a record for career professional fights was found dead in his Linn County Jail cell in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Saturday, July 10, morning during a routine cell check.
On Saturday, July 10, when Fulton was found unresponsive in his jail cell, he was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Linn County Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators believe Fulton died by suicide by hanging himself. Fulton was found dead at around 4 am local time and CPR was attempted but not successful. His death is under investigation and an autopsy will be performed.
Fulton, 44, was detained in Linn County Jail since February 19, 2021, when he got arrested by the US Marshals Service and was initially charged for enticing a girl under the age of 18 to engage in sexual behavior. A second underage female victim was later identified as well. Just a day before he was found dead, Fulton pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography charges, which arose from photos found on his flash drive.
Reports reveal that in 2013 Fulton was accused of making a 13-year-old girl perform in meditation with him and removing her clothes except for her underwear. He allegedly performed a sex act after placing her in a trance, per the report. Fulton admitted to the meditation but refused that he performed a sexual act and added he's been accused of rape in the past "because people know who he is." He also was expecting the outcome of charges from a September 2019 incident in which he was accused of repeatedly hitting a woman in the head and threatening to kill her.
Nicknamed 'The Ironman', Fulton had a record number of fights dating back to the 1990s. He holds the MMA record for career professional fights with 320, including two UFC bouts, since his career started in 1996.