Shawn Tompkins RIP (1974-2011)


An autopsy was performed on Monday revealing the 37-year-old’s cause of death as a heart attack, according to statements from his brother-in-law, Sam Stout, who said as much to theLondon Free Press in London, Ontario, Canada.

Former kickboxer, MMA fighter and Xtreme Couture Muay Thai trainer Shawn Tompkins was found dead Sunday morning, August 14, 2011. No cause of death was immediately announced. He was 37.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Tompkins moved to Los Angeles to coach with the Los Angeles Anacondas of the International Fight League. He was promoted to head coach when Bas Rutten stepped down to become a commentator. Next Shawn moved to Las Vegas and became a striking coach at Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture, before leaving to form his own team at the Tapout Training Center, also in Vegas. He notably worked with featherweight Mark Hominick and lightweight Sam Stout, Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, among others. He was married to Emilie Stout, sister of fighter Sam Stout.

Shawn was a positive person and motivational trainer, whose fighters consistently referred to as family. He had quite an impact on MMA, and it is an understatement to say he will be missed.

Here’s an interview Tompkins gave when he joined Xtreme Couture. It’ll give you some insight into the man.


RIP Shawn Tompkins, 1974-2011.


memorial guestbook is in the process of being set up for fans and friends to express their condolences to the Tompkins family. In addtion, Tompkins manager has set up “The Shawn Tompkins Memorial Fund” to help Shawn’s widow Emilie with funeral and burial costs (if you didn’t know, can be staggering).  To contribute to the memorial fund, you can email  The memorial will be held in Las Vegas. Details will be announced at when they become available.