According to staffers at The Jungle MMA and Fitness on East Colonial Drive in Orlando, Todashev was a member of the gym for about two months in 2012 but was "not memorable at all," staffers said.
His last documented fight was in July 2012 at the Real Fighting Championships in Tampa. He won against fighter Bradford May of Spring Hill in Hernando County.
"He was really, really quiet," May told the Sentinel. "After the fight, my girlfriend told him congratulations and he said 'thank you.'"
The fight in 2012 was May's first fight as a professional and he lost in the first five-minute round against Todashev. Typically opponents fight three, five-minute rounds, May said.
Todashev put him in a "guillotine choke hold," which forced May to tap out.
"It cuts off the blood to your brain," May said. "You either tap out or pass out."
According to an article on mmamadhouse.com about that fight, "Not much is known about Todashev."
Todashev fights out of Kissimmee, according to multiple websites, where he also resides. It's unclear where he trains in Osceola County.
A training partner of Todashev's from Boston who asked not to be identified told the Sentinel Wednesday that Todashev was "an incredibly gifted athlete — but a hot-head."
"He frequently got into fights with people outside the gym and verbal disputes with other members," the man told the Sentinel in an email. "I never had any problems with him personally, but hearing that he was picked up for fighting over a parking space in Florida...comes as NO surprise."
The training partner called Todashev "your textbook aggressive personality." He said Todashev trained frequently, but then would vanish for months at a time, "usually because of legal trouble of one variety or another."
The training partner said Todashev had been kicked out of several gyms for getting into altercations on the street — which he described as "a major, MAJOR no-no for people involved in Martial Arts."
Florida state records show Todashev was issued a Mixed Martial Arts license on Aug. 14. That license, which is required to participate in an MMA event in Florida, expired Dec. 31.
Todashev was also issued a Federal Identification number for Mixed Martial Arts on Aug. 14. That is good through Aug. 17, 2016, and that federal license is required to participate in MMA matches, according to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Even Orange County deputies noted Todashev's training in a May 4 arrest, in which Todashev was charged with aggravated battery.
The incident surrounded a fight over a parking spot at the Premier Outlet Mall.
The victim suffered a split upper lip and several teeth knocked out of place. Deputies noted there was a "a considerable" amount of blood on the ground, and the victim was unconscious.
According to Todashev's arrest report, the 27-year-old told deputies he was a former MMA fighter. He said the victim came at him first, and he fought back only to protect himself.
Todashev said he was trying to protect his knee, because he recently had surgery.
"This skill puts his fighting ability way above that of a normal person," the deputy wrote.
In Orlando on Wednesday morning, law-enforcement blocked off the condo where Todashev was fatally shot.
Near the scene, Bob Tursky – whose son lives a few doors down from Todashev — said he was acquainted with Todashev.
Tursky described Todashev as a nice guy and that the two often made small talk.
Tursky said Todashev told him he was a martial arts fighter and once told him he won $500 in a bout.
Jerriann Sullivan contributed to this report.