Written by @NickRiznerMMA
I’ve been covering the sport of mixed martial arts since 2012 and started the podcast back in 2014. Josh made his podcast debut about a year later and has graced us with his presence on three occasions, most recently returning to the show this past June to discuss his book, The Housekeeper.
I can say, without exaggeration, that Josh Samman is the single most talented artist I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with. I say artist because it’s the only word that comes close to capturing the diversity of his skillset. Musician, business owner, analyst, philosopher, fighter, coach, teammate, the titles are plentiful. But it was his brilliant writing that impressed me most.
Whether it was an article for BloodyElbow.com or his heart-wrenching memoir (a MUST READ, and I don’t say that lightly), he found a way to perfectly blend his unique voice and personality with truly masterful writing in order to create a style that I both admired and hope to one-day emulate.
Always generous with his time and so full of life, Josh made a memorable and lasting impression on everyone he came in contact with. That is the real reason why this is such a terrible tragedy. His future was so bright and only part of that was due to his MMA career. In truth, it was his character… the drive he inspired in others around him.
I wish I had gotten to know him better. That being said, I’m honored to have known him at all. This is not something that I’m realizing in hindsight, as is often the case when someone passes away. This is something I’ve always been aware of.
Because after a while – if I’m being perfectly honest – podcast interviews start to blend together. At times, it feels more like a chore than a privilege. But Josh always stood out from all that. He was always one of the good ones – scratch that, one of the best. And seeing the outpouring of support online this past week, it appears as if my opinion is shared by many.
He was truly loved.
No amount of words will be able to do this story justice, so I’ll end it here. My heart goes out to the friends and family that knew him best.
We lost a great one today. He will be missed dearly.