Mixed martial arts (MMA) is one of the most exciting and unpredictable sports in the world today. Even though it is super fun to watch, risk of the sport is really high. Fighters often get injured during matches. And if you are really unlucky you could end up dead. Here are some of the MMA fighters who died inside the ring or shortly after the match.
22 year old Mateus Fernandes died after suffering four heat attacks, on March 30, 2019. During the fight Fernandes took brutal hits on his head and neck by his opponent and collapsed in the middle of the ring. Shortly after he was hospitalized but doctors could not save his life. He passed away the very same day. His record ended as 1 win and 2 losses. He is the latest of mma fighters who died inside the ring.
Rondel Clark’s death happened during his second professional fight on August 15, 2017. At the third round of his fight, Clark collapsed in the middle of the octagon and later announced dead. The cause of the death was rapid destruction of skeletal muscle and blunt impacts to his head. He was 26 years old at the time with a record of 1 win and 1 loss.
This 37 year old fighter died during an amateur fighting event in Kentucky on July 15, 2017. Donshay White lost the fight by TKO. He seemed fine after the fight but unfortunately passed away at the backstage. Later discovered that he was not cleared for fighting that day. He had high blood pressure and had not taking any medication. The cause of the death was the high blood pressure. His record ended as a 1 win and 1 loss.
On February 27, 2014 Booto Guylain participated in a fight against Keron Davies at EFC Africa 27. In the middle of the third round Guylain knocked out and Keron Davies declared as the winner. After the fight Guylain was taken to the hospital and died after 5 days. Cause of the death was a brutal injury to the head. 29 year old fighter had a record of 0 wins and 2 losses.
30 years old Tyrone Mims died at his amateur debut on August 11, 2012. During the match Mims lost his consciousness and rushed to the hospital. But unfortunately fighter died after one hour. Doctors could not determine the cause of death. His record was 0 wins and 1 loss.
This tragic death happened two days after Michael Kirkham’s first fight at University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center. He lost the match by a TKO and hospitalized soon after the match. Two days later in June 28, 2010 the hospital pronounced him dead due to an internal bleeding between his brain and tissues. He was 30 years old and had a record of 0 wins and 1 loss.
Sam Vasquez is the first of mma fighters who died inside the ring at a sanctioned mma event. 35 year old fighter competed in a Renegades Extreme Fighting event on October 20, 2007 and lost the fight in the thried round via KO. Soon after he lost consciousness and rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away on November 30, 2007. He had a record of 1 win and 2 losses.
Most of these deaths are coming from lack of experience, carelessness behavior and ignoring health issues. Even though deaths inside the ring are very rare, most of the professional MMA companies take huge actions to prevent MMA fighters from dying inside the ring. But some fighters do not care about their own safety or the safety of the other fighters.
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