Canadian Amateur Fighter Dies After MMA Bout
A Canadian mixed martial arts competitor died on Saturday, April 6th, following an unregulated bout in Port Huron, Michigan for Amateur Fighting Club (AFC). The fighter was a 35 year old Canadian man of Nigerian descent, who’s name hasn’t been released pending notification of his family. The man lost his amateur MMA bout via 3rd round ref stoppage.
Shortly after the bout, the Heavyweight fighter informed his trainer that he was not feeling well and then collapsed soon afterwards. A paramedic at the venue conducted first aid to the combatant before having emergency medical crews arrive. An autopsy was done on Sunday on the 35 year old competitor following his death with lab results still to be released. Cause of death has not been released yet.
Amateur MMA is unregulated but legal in the state of Michigan and no physician is required at an event nor ambulance be presence on site. Democratic representative, Harvey Santana, has sponsored a bill that would force amateur MMA promoters to require an annual license, carry $10,000 in fighter health insurance as well as have a doctor on site during the fights. Santana is attempting to “teach the beast some manners”.
Amateur Fighting Club posted the following message on their Facebook page on Sunday.
“Last night’s event, April 6th, we lost a member of our MMA family and we would like to take this time to honor him. This is a tragic turn of events. We will keep his family and friends in our prayers and we ask you to do the same. May God be with them in this devastating time of loss. To us, this tragedy will not end today. He will remain in our hearts and on our minds. Further information will be posted at a later time.”
Our thoughts and condolences go to the friends and family of the fallen MMA fighter.