RIP Billy Rush, June 11, 1974 - June 6, 2012

source: The Underground

"You know you are a genuinely great guy when kids who are pure at heart just want to be with you. Everywhere we went kids were always drawn to Billy."
Jeremy Horn

Billy Rush, famed Strength, Conditioning, and Nutrition guru for a host of fighters including Jeremy Horn, Tim Sylvia, Joe Riggs, and Rich Franklin, passed away on June 6, 2012, at the age of 37.

A household name among the hard-core fanbase, the former professional fighter turned S&C expert was called "The Mad Scientist" by Joe Rogan, for his unorthodox and successful methods.

Rush was renowned for customizing diet plans for a fighter, that might change drastically over the course of a camp. He was so dedicated to his craft, he was known for living with a fighter to handle all nutritional needs.

A fierce opponent of PEDs, beyond some simple vitamins, Rush's approach was all about food. Further, he cautioned against massive water cuts immediately prior to weigh ins, preferring a highly organized and proprietary diet regimen over the weeks before a fight.

Rush got his start in MMA in 2001 when he, Jorge Gurgel, and Rich Franklin began teaching together. The methods he practiced so successfully were self-taught, and so uniquely crafted for each fighter that they could not be commited to a book or other media, a further testament to his uniqueness in the field.

Billy Rush is survived by his wife Tracie. The couple had no children.

Funeral services will be at:
Anderson Funeral Home
40 N. Main St. Springboro, OH
Monday 2:00 PM

Visitation will be 5 - 8 PM Sunday, at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery, Clearcreek Twp, Warren County, Ohio.

Condolences may be made to the family at



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fishyfish site profile image  

6/15/12 5:52 PM by fishyfish


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6/15/12 5:16 PM by Uchi

Thanks for spreading just this bit of gentlemanly class. Its a rarity to find on the internet, especially a message board.

Smith1234 site profile image  

6/15/12 4:49 PM by Smith1234

Is it confirmed what happened?

voorhees site profile image  

6/12/12 1:21 AM by voorhees

I dont care at all how it happened anymore.Let the elitists scoff down their noses at us all they want and keep their secrets.Again...R.I.P. Billy Rush.My condolences to all your friends and family.

Smith1234 site profile image  

6/11/12 10:24 PM by Smith1234

I waited a day and checked back. Nothing on what happened. How long until it is OK to share basic facts? And what are the demons several of you speak of? That only enhanced my curiousity.

androushka site profile image  

6/11/12 8:33 AM by androushka

It's not that it's wrong to wonder how Billy Rush died, it just comes across as a bit self-centered to keep demanding satisfaction of your own minor curiosities on the same thread where people who cared about Billy Rush are just learning that he passed away.

Colt Seavers site profile image  

6/11/12 8:21 AM by Colt Seavers

Hmm, that's an interesting spin. Accusing the ones who AREN'T whining and demanding to know all the details of "freaking out". A failed spin but nice try. Bet you thought your little high school analogy was clever too. I feel bad for ya.

Morgz site profile image  

6/11/12 7:43 AM by Morgz

Very sad news. RIP

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6/11/12 3:10 AM by bigson47

Respect. Be with God Billy.

Card site profile image  

6/10/12 11:20 PM by Card

RIP... sad news.