Tony Halme, who is best remembered as Randy Couture’s very first opponent, has died at the young age of 47.
According to the news organization, “The Associated Press,” Halme was found dead in his Finland apartment, and no foul play has been suspected as of yet.
Aside from his career in MMA, Halme was also a pro wrestler who competed under the name “Ludvig Borga”, in the WWE in the early 1990s. He was also a pro boxer with a record of 13-6.
Halme fought Randy Couture in 1997 at UFC 13. Couture won the bout in just 56 seconds of the first round by rear naked choke. Halme never competed in MMA again.
Oddly enough after his sports and “entertainment” career, he was elected to serve in Finish parliament from 2003-2007.
In 2003 Halme had some trouble with the law, when he was arrested for drug violations and firearms. He was also arrested last year for being under the influence of drugs, and charges where still pending at the time of his passing. It was also reported that Halme was supposedly working on a book about his life before his untimely death.