The memorial saw a who's who of fighting greats turn out, a tribute to how popular LeBell was within the martial arts community and how far reaching his influence. Among the nearly 700 people in attendance were UFC legends Ronda Rousey, Josh Barnett and Bas Rutten, as well as noted trainer Erik Paulson.
"Gene had wanted the service limited to just family, close friends and students but we didn't want to turn anybody away," said Chivichyan. "It shows how much love everyone who knew him had for him, that so many people wanted to come here for this. He was really one of the greatest men I ever met."
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