Edmonton MMA fighter dies after boxing ring injury


Sportsnet's James Lynch reported Saturday that former UFC fighter Tim Hague is in the intensive care unit with a serious brain injury.

A former UFC fighter from Alberta has died following a boxing match in Edmonton Friday.

The 34-year-old heavyweight last fought in mixed martial arts in July of 2016.

Hague switched codes to fight Braidwood, 33, on Friday night, and was sent crashing to the canvas following a flurry of shots in the second round.

"It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today", Jackie Neil wrote.

"He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs".

Reached Saturday evening, Melanie Lubovac of KO Boxing wouldn't comment on the event or the injury, but said a statement would likely be issued Sunday or Monday.

In his next three fights, he suffered a seven-second knockout loss to Todd Duffee at UFC 102, a majority-decision loss to Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109 and a unanimous decision loss to Joey Beltran at UFC 113. "We are all with him". His overall MMA record stands at 21 wins and 13 losses. A post-fight video showed Hague leaving the ring under his own power, but he was soon rushed to the hospital, according to KO boxing.

The fight lasted two rounds before a left hook knocked Hague to the ground.

Neil says in her statement that Hague's immediate family is now with him, and that they are asking for prayers and privacy at this terrible and hard time.

Before news of Hauge's death early Sunday afternoon, Edmonton Combative Sports Commission Pat Reid said that a post-fight official review is conducted immediately after each competition.