A true pioneer in the world of mixed martial arts who helped make the sport a viable pursuit in Yakima needs your help.

Rich Guerin, founder of Yakima Mixed Martial Arts training center as well as Team Guerin, has had a fundraising page set up to benefit his family as he was recently admitted into ICU.

*UPDATE* (10/10/19 - 1:14 p.m.) KIMA-TV is reporting that Guerin has passed at age 49.

Courtesy: Guerin family via Tammy Shelton

Guerin's daughter, Cameron, is currently training for the U.S. Olympic team. Besides being a champion in the sport himself, Guerin has trained numerous fighters that reached national notoriety, including  former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.