MMA fighter and trainer murdered in Calgary


A former mixed martial artist was standing up for a friend when he was fatally stabbed early Saturday on 16th Avenue N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, according to friends.

They have identified Wyatt Lewis, who was in his mid-30s, as the victim.

He was well known in the Alberta MMA world, having fought all around the province as an expert in Brazilian jujitsu.

“He was such a talented individual. He was a wise person,” said Brad Wall, owner of Progressive Fighting Academy in Lethbridge, where Lewis was an instructor.

Police were called to the 1000 block of 16th Avenue N.W. around 3 a.m. Saturday and found two men with stab wounds. Both were taken to hospital but one was declared dead on arrival.

Wall said he talked to one of the two other people Lewis was with when the incident happened.

He’s been told one guy was hit over the head with a bottle and knocked unconscious. Lewis stepped in to help but was fatally stabbed.

“Wyatt went down trying to save his friend, which is just terrible,” Wall said. “It’s terrible that anybody had to die.”

He added, “If you look at him, you’d never picture him going down to anything. He was like titanium.”

Wall said the group did not know the people who killed Lewis.

Lewis was married with three children, Wall said, and had been working on pipelines.

Before that, though, he was a well-known figure inside the mixed martial artist world in Alberta.

He fought on the very first card at Maximum Fighting Championship, the Edmonton-based promotion, as well as Rumble in the Cage and Rage in the Ring.

He trained with the likes of UFC fighter Nick Ring and Jason MacDonald, Wall said.

“This has been really hard on the fighters,” Wall said.

Mark Pavelich, owner of MFC, said he was a major supporter of the sport across Alberta.

“He was an all-around nice guy. You would be hard pressed to find someone to say something bad about him,” he said.

Wall said no formal funeral plans have been announced.

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Bromovich site profile image  

9/5/12 5:25 PM by Bromovich


SUPER HLUK site profile image  

9/5/12 4:54 PM by SUPER HLUK

It sucks to see the good guys lose in these situations.

CRE site profile image  

9/5/12 4:11 PM by CRE

Good post. Voted up.

RJJH site profile image  

9/5/12 4:09 PM by RJJH

fucking sucks. Wyatt was the first guy I rolled with. fuck.

mige site profile image  

9/5/12 4:05 PM by mige

I trained with Wyatt years ago. He always had the time and patience to show us rookies how to pull the moves we were trying to learn, repeating them for as many times as we needed. A super nice guy all around, it's too bad this had to happen to him.

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

9/4/12 7:31 PM by ChaosOverkill

Nick Ring saving those people from thugs, this and other incidents too.Christ it's starting to look like Vancouver or Toronto's crimes

Nick Fury site profile image  

9/4/12 6:54 PM by Nick Fury

sucks, RIP

Thunderbolt89 site profile image  

9/4/12 4:35 PM by Thunderbolt89

damn :( canada has really gone to shit lately.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

9/4/12 4:32 PM by KingofBJJ

People get killed more from trying to act like the Wild West, than from complying. That is a known fact. If anyone wants to be stupid enough to get into a gun battle, there is no gaurantee you will win. And if you do win, what about the stray bullets hitting innocents like the cops in NYC did?You aren't helping matters trying to be a bad ass or hero, in fact you could be putting other's at risk. So you base your risk on being able to take an eye out before you are killed?What kind of thinking is that. When you are dead it is over, you failed. I don't believe you are going to be rewarded in heaven with 60 virgins.

temp231695 site profile image  

9/4/12 3:33 PM by temp231695

Luckily in the U.S., most places have concealed carry. Some piece of trash pulls a knife on guy trying to help someone, you just shoot the prick. If he pulls a gun, the second his eyes move from you to anything else, you shoot the prick. There are plenty of times when complying will get you just as dead as not. And there is no way I'm going to leave my buddy to get beat and stabbed by a bunch of hoods. I'm at the very least going to take someones eye out of the socket before I go down.