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    RIP Katy Collins

    Ex-MMA fighter Katy Collins dead at 32 after brain aneurysm
    By Tamar Lapin September 25, 2019 | 8:57pm | Updated


    Katy Collins

    Former mixed martial arts fighter Katy Collins has died at the age of 32 after suffering a brain aneurysm, her coach said on Wednesday.

    The mother of two sons fought for several MMA promotions, including Bellator and Invicta, over her three-year career, which ended in June 2018.

    “The fight is over,” her coach, JT Tilley, wrote on Facebook. “You never stopped fighting and we never gave up on you. Just wasn’t in the cards.”

    “I’ve always been so proud of you Kate,” Tilley wrote. “I was honored to be able to live your dream with you… I will miss you more than the world will ever know.”

    Nicknamed “The Red Dragon,” Collins racked up dozens of fights on the amateur circuit before amassing a 7-5 record in professional cage fighting.

    She suffered a brain aneurysm on Sept. 20, which caused a stroke and several seizures, according to a GoFundMe page set up to pay for medical and funeral expenses.

    “Katy was young and strong and full of life and love,” wrote Sarah Jones, who organized the fundraiser. “She leaves behind so many loved ones, family and friends who care so much for her… [and] two young sons, who will struggle to understand this, like many of us.”
    Same thing that killed Bruce. Whenever it's a brain-related cause for a full contact fighter, it gives you pause.
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    RIP Saeideh Aletaha

    FEMALE MMA FIGHTER DIES AFTER COLLAPSING IN RING
    ... Cops Investigating

    11/18/2019 1:42 PM PT
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    A 26-year-old female amateur MMA fighter died Sunday morning ... just one day after collapsing in the ring following a brutal loss at an event in England.

    The Hampshire Police Dept. confirmed they were called to Southampton General Hospital around 1 AM on Sunday to respond to a woman who suffered a life-threatening brain injury.

    The woman, Saeideh Aletaha, had competed at the Fast & Furious Fight series event at Central Hall in Southampton, England on Saturday ... and reportedly collapsed in the ring.



    According to local reports, an ambulance was called to the venue around 9 PM and Aletaha was rushed to the hospital in "a serious and life-threatening condition."

    Cops say Aletaha died at the hospital Sunday morning -- and they're now investigating her death.

    Organizers behind the F&FFS event posted a statement early Monday morning essentially saying Aletaha knew what she signed up for ...

    "All competitors get in [the ring] prepared that they may be injured and this is something not expected to happen 99.9% of the time."

    FFS organizers say they had a full medical team on-site -- with doctors, paramedics and an ambulance -- along with an "experienced team of staff with numerous first aiders."

    Exile Gym, where Aletaha trained, posted a tribute to the fighter ... saying, "Saeideh Aletaha was a lovely character with a beautiful soul. Her dedication to the sport was 110% travelling miles every day just to train."

    "She found her place with us just a few months ago but has become apart of the family and will be sorely missed."
    As morbid as this sounds, I'd like to see footage, just to judge the fight and its safety.
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    Saul Soliz

    Saul Soliz, legendary coach and MMA pioneer, dies of COVID-19 complications
    Aug 19, 2021
    Marc Raimondi
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    Saul Soliz, a mixed martial arts pioneer who trained some of the biggest names in the history of MMA and helped get the sport off the ground in Texas, died Tuesday morning due to complications from COVID-19, according to his wife, Toi. He was 55.

    Soliz, whom many have dubbed "The Godfather of Texas MMA," was in the hospital for "several weeks" because of the coronavirus, she said.

    "He had a long battle," Toi told ESPN. "He fought really hard."

    Soliz was most recently the head coach at Houston Metro Fight Club, but his influence on MMA goes back more than 20 years. He coached all-time great UFC champions such as Tito Ortiz, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Michael Bisping and Ricco Rodriguez, who was one of his closest friends. Soliz coached with Ortiz on The Ultimate Fighter and had also worked with iconic women's MMA fighter Cris Cyborg.

    "The legacy you left will live on through the lives of all the students, family, and friends you have touched along the way," Cyborg wrote on Facebook.

    Added Bisping in a tweet: "A great man and truly one of the best coaches I've worked with."

    In addition, Soliz was instrumental in helping MMA get off the ground more than 20 years ago, working with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to develop the rules for the sport in the state.

    "The ties between us in Texas MMA are completely intertwined as it is for the entire Texas MMA community," UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard, who once promoted shows in Texas, wrote on Facebook. "No one can say they weren't influenced directly or indirectly by Saul including commission, promoters, fighters and coaches."

    Soliz's Renegades Extreme Fighting promotion in Houston made its debut in 2000, one year before Dana White and the Fertitta brothers bought the UFC. Toi said Soliz was the first person in Texas to put together a show with "that production value that really you're accustomed to seeing today."

    "Mixed martial arts is definitely his legacy," Toi said. "It's kind of the vehicle for pretty much everything else that he did. In that world and through the lives that he touched in that world, he's very loved. He's very respected. And truly missed by so many people. He touched a lot of lives. I know that he touched a lot of lives, but at this point I think it would even surprise him how many lives he touched."

    In recent years, Soliz had been focusing on developing a younger generation of talent in MMA. Adrian Yanez, Soliz's star pupil, is one of the best up-and-coming bantamweight fighters in the UFC. Bantamweight prospect Mana Martinez, another Soliz student, will make his UFC debut Aug. 28.

    Yanez said that Soliz became a father figure to him when Yanez's father died in 2016. Soliz hired him as a coach at Metro Fight Club and took him under his wing. Soliz's death, Yanez said, is not just a blow for his family and students but also the Texas MMA scene and beyond.

    On Aug. 4, Yanez said he was able to have one last conversation with his beloved coach before things took a turn for the worse. A few days earlier, Yanez was charged with cornering his teammates at a Fury FC show with Soliz in the hospital. The results were not what Yanez was hoping for, and he apologized to Soliz on the phone. Soliz told him it wasn't his fault and not to worry about it.

    "Toward the end of the conversation he just started telling me how proud he was of me, how far I've come, how I never gave up and consistently always just stayed true to who I am," Yanez said. "He was just proud of the man I became. He kept giving me my praises. ... I was just super happy to be able to tell him if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I'm at. I've always tried to express that to him at every turn, every corner. Because you just never know."
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    This needs an update

    It's a repost that popped up in my newsfeed this morning. Maybe there's more to the series.

    Death in the Ring: A look at deaths in mixed martial arts and kickboxing since '07
    John Diedrich
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    This report was originally published Nov. 15, 2014. It is part of the series "Death in the Ring."

    At least 12 mixed martial arts fighters and kickboxers have died worldwide since 2007, competing in bouts or preparing for them, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review. Here is a look at the deaths.

    October 2007: Mixed martial arts fighter Sam Vasquez is knocked out in the third round of a regulated fight in Houston, later dying of a subdural hemorrhage due to blunt trauma of the head.

    June 2010: Michael Kirkham dies following a regulated MMA bout in South Carolina. The cause of death was subarachnoid hemorrhage of the brain.

    July 2010: Kickboxer Adrienne Simmons dies after she was knocked out in a three-round bout in Orlando. A doctor was at the event, sponsored by the International Kickboxing Federation, but no ambulance. Simmons was wearing headgear. Reports did not list the cause of death.

    August 2011: British kickboxer Mark Fowler dies in Australia. He collapsed after fighting five rounds and failed to regain consciousness. He died of head injuries.

    December 2011: Mixed martial arts fighter Salvador Flamenco dies in Vancouver, Wash., from head injuries suffered in training bouts there.

    April 2012: Mixed martial arts fighter Mike Mittelmeier dies in Bolivia in an unregulated bout. The cause of death was cerebral hemorrhage.

    May 2012: Mixed martial arts fighter Dustin Jenson dies following an unregulated bout in South Dakota. Jenson watched the next fights before suffering a seizure. He died of subdural hemorrhage resulting from blunt force trauma to the head, related to an injury suffered a week earlier.

    August 2012: Mixed martial arts fighter Tyrone Mimms dies following a regulated bout in South Carolina. Autopsy results were inconclusive.

    April 2013: Mixed martial arts fighter Felix Elochukwu Nchikwo dies in Port Huron, Mich., in an unregulated bout. He had a cardiac arrhythmic disorder that caused his sudden death.

    September 2013: Mixed martial arts fighter Leandro Souza of Brazil dies just before a weigh- in. He died in a sauna as he tried to cut 33 pounds in a week.

    March 2014: Mixed martial arts fighter Booto Guylain dies in South Africa following complications resulting from a head injury experienced during a bout.

    March 2014: Dennis Munson Jr. collapses and dies following his first kickboxing bout, which was unregulated, at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee. His brain was damaged, leading to organ failure, according to the autopsy.

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    Justin Thornton


    Justin Thornton: MMA fighter dies following 19-second knockout

    Boxing experts have questioned how Thornton was allowed to go on fighting after suffering six straight first-round KOs

    Bevan Hurley
    21 hours ago

    MMA fighter Justin Thornton has died aged 38, several months after he suffered a 19-second knockout in bare-knuckled boxing bout.

    The fighter was taken to hospital following a heavyweight fight with Dillon Cleckler in Mississippi, in which he was knocked unconscious.

    Announcing his death, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship president David Feldman said: “This morning we were very saddened to be notified of the passing of one of our fighters, Justin Thornton, who competed at BKFC-20 on August 20, 2021.


    Justin Thornton died after being knocked out in a bare-knuckle fight
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    “We join the rest of the combat sports community in sending our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

    No cause of death has been officially released, although his opponent Dillon Cleckler said it was from pneumonia.

    On 23 September, a woman named Amber Willard who identified herself as Mr Thornton’s “on-off partner” of seven years posted an update on his condition on his personal Facebook page.

    Ms Willard said he’d been left paralysed after the fight, and was on a ventilator, an IV for a lung infection and medication for an injury to his spinal cord.

    Mr Thornton was a veteran of 24 MMA fights, and had an 6-18 win-loss record.

    He had previously fought UFC heavyweights Chase Sherman and Walt Harris, and last won a fight in 2016, suffering five straight first-round defeats since then.

    International Boxing Hall of Fame 2020 inductee Lou DiBella questioned how he could have been allowed to continue to fight.

    “This fatal night was his sixth consecutive first round stoppage,” Mr DiBella wrote on Twitter.

    “The 38 year old survived the first five. The state of combat sports regulation in America is atrocious.”

    On Instagram, Mr Thornton’s final opponent Dillon Cleckler wrote that “nothing could prepare you” for losing a fellow fighter.

    “Justin is a warrior. It’s in his blood to fight. He loved it. He fought anyone, anytime and anywhere and when I didn’t have an opponent, he still jumped at the opportunity to get in there with me again,” Mr Cleckler wrote.

    “I can’t help but feel absolutely devastated about this because I’ve known Justin for years.”
    How tragic. Can't really call it pneumonia however. That sounds like it was a consequence of the coma.
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    Christian Lubenga


    MMA fighter Christian Lubenga dies after debuting in West Springfield

    by: Ashley Shook

    Posted: Mar 15, 2022 / 04:36 PM EDT
    Updated: Mar 15, 2022 / 05:10 PM EDT

    WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An amateur MMA fighter died after performing in a fight held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield.

    According to a post on the New England Mixed Martial Arts website, Christian Lubenga passed away after he competed in an amateur MMA fight on Saturday, March 12 at the AMMO Fight League: Battle of St. Patrick’s event held inside the Mallary Complex. Lubenga was against another debuting fighter, Cody McCracken.

    Hampden County District Attorney Spokesman Jim Leydon confirmed with 22News Lubenga’s death. The DA is investigating the incident.

    McCracken won again Lubenga by KO/TKO (knockout/techinical knockout) at 2:38 of Round 3.

    New England MMA says the fight at the end didn’t seem very violent, and there is no word on what caused his death at this time. The post concluded by saying they will update the post as soon as more information is released and “please keep Christian’s friends and family in your thoughts tonight during this difficult time, and hug your loved ones a little bit tighter.”

    Lubenga was a student at Black Wolf MMA in Orange, Connecticut. The facility shared their thoughts on social media Monday night describing Lubenga as family who was polite, professional, humble, always kind to everyone. He spent many hours training as a martial artist. “Christian was a true martial artist in every aspect of the word and a true warrior. We love you Christian. We all love you,” said Black Wolf MMA.

    The “Battle of Saint Patrick’s” event showcased mixed martial arts fights between some of the best MMA fighters from New England.

    The cause of Lubenga’s death has not been announced. 22News is following this story and will provide updates as soon as they become available.
    Hope the cause wasn't the fight...if it was, what a tragic way to go...
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    More on Lubenga

    Wife of CT MMA fighter who died after first bout searches for answers: ‘We had planned the next steps of our life together’
    Lisa Backus
    Sep. 6, 2022

    New Haven resident Christian Lubenga died after participating in his first mixed martial arts fight on March 12 in Massachusetts.
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    The wife of New Haven mixed martial arts fighter Christian Lubenga who died after his first bout in March continues to seek answers following her husband’s death.

    “There is no reason that someone 25 goes in healthy and doesn’t come out the other side,” Margaret Anderson said this week.

    Lubenga was injured during a sanctioned MMA St. Patrick’s fight at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield on March 12. He died two days later of complications from blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security which conducted an autopsy. His death was ruled an accident, authorities said. He was 25.

    His widow is considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit, papers filed in Connecticut Probate Court said. But any potential litigation will take time, said attorney Cullen Guilmartin, who is on the team representing Anderson in the probate case.

    “We’re investigating the cause of his death,” Guilmartin said Tuesday. “We’re in the preliminary stages of gathering medical records and trying to figure out what happened.”

    Amateur MMA fighters wear wraps, not boxing gloves, and have no head protection, Anderson said. But the goal of the fight is to knock the opponent out. “That’s a brain event,” she said. “That’s why you need trained professionals doing examinations before, during and after the rounds.”

    “These are grown men hitting each other at full force,” she said.

    According to Massachusetts MMA regulations, fighters must be weighed and examined by a physician before a fight to certify that they are healthy enough to participate. Fighters must also be examined “as soon as possible” after a bout and given medical treatment if needed by a ringside physician. The physician is required to report any injuries to the Massachusetts State Athletics Commission which regulates MMA fighting in the state, the regulations state.

    A few weeks after her husband’s death, the commission which also regulates boxing and other fighting sports, met to discuss the match between Lubenga and Cody McCracken. At least one MMA fight promoter called on the group to be as transparent as possible about Lubenga’s death.

    A commissioner responded that the body was interested in the safety of the sport and would use whatever information it acquires to work with the fighting community. But the commission has not spoken publicly about Lubenga’s death since - other than to approve $9,178 in funeral expenses for his burial from the Boxer’s Fund, according to the minutes of several subsequent meetings that have taken place since March 21.

    Lubenga was a semester away from earning a master’s degree in business analytics and spoke six languages when he died, Anderson told Hearst Connecticut Media Group in March.

    He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the two met, Anderson said. The couple moved to Rwanda, then California, then New Haven, as they started their future together and raised their son, Gabby.

    Lubenga was quiet by nature, reserved and thoughtful, and cared deeply for his family, particularly their son, Anderson said. In his spare time, he trained as an athlete, lifting weights and boxing, and always had some sort of side project going as he pursued his studies.

    He was awarded his graduate degree posthumously, said officials at Bridgeport University where he studied.

    After he received his degree the couple had planned to move to Washington D.C. where she would start her doctorate, she said. She made the move alone a short while ago with her son who started kindergarten Monday.

    “It’s been a lot of life transition without that key person,” she said. “I’m really feeling the void. We had planned the next steps of our life together. It’s really hard.”

    Gabby, who is 5, is also struggling with grief, she said. At night he’ll ask her to tell a story about him and “Baba” what he called his father, when he was young, Anderson said. “He misses him,” she said.

    Based on studies she’s read, head trauma is fairly prevalent in MMA fighters, Anderson said. “There’s a high risk of traumatic brain injury,” she said.

    But she believes that officials aren’t making the risks clear to fighters. “One of the things that isn’t so apparent is that it’s dangerous,” she said. “I don’t think they are telling the fighters.”

    Referees and other fight officials need to be well trained in recognizing the signs of brain trauma to stop the fight before it’s too late, she said.

    She started classes for her doctoral degree in Public Health a few weeks ago, she said. “We had high hopes for what this move would bring to our family,” she said. “Now I’m doing it alone.”

    William Lambert contributed to this story.
    So very tragic...
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    Very unfortunate outcome. I have seen professional heavy weight boxing tournament with a fighter being knocked out dead, caused by having received punches to his head. And amateur MMA fighters wear wraps, not boxing gloves ?! One thing that I am sure is to go for changing the tournament rule, improve its safety level.



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    RIP Victoria Lee

    ONE Championship rising star Victoria Lee dead at 18

    Nolan King
    January 7, 2023 5:11 pm ET
    Rising mixed martial arts phenom Victoria Lee has died. She was 18.

    Lee’s death occurred Dec. 26, according to an Instagram post Saturday by her older sister, ONE Championship atomweight title holder Angela Lee. A cause of death has not been shared.

    “She has gone too soon and our family has been completely devastated since then,” Angela Lee wrote. “We miss her. More than anything in this world. Our family will never be the same. Life will never be the same.”

    The surname “Lee” bears much weight in the history of ONE. Angela and brother Christian Lee have held titles as two of the promotion’s biggest stars. Victoria was pegged as the next sibling to follow their path.

    Scheduled to compete in her fourth MMA bout Jan. 14 at ONE on Prime Video 6, Lee had a 3-0 record in MMA. Lee debuted in February 2021 with a rear-naked choke submission of Sunisa Srisen. After a first-round armbar win over Luping Wang in July 2021, Lee picked up her first TKO against previously undefeated Victoria Souza in September 2021.

    Prior to her pro MMA debut, Lee impressed at the junior level across multiple combat sports. She was two-time Hawaiian pankration junior world champion, a Hawaii state wrestling champion, and an IMMAF junior world champion.

    According to an obituary posted on Valley of the Temples Memorial Park and Funeral Home (Kanahe, Hawaii), a celebration of life has been scheduled for Jan. 22 before her burial.
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    More on Victoria Lee

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    ONE Championship: Angela Lee says ‘stop hiring private investigators, stop the conspiracy theories’ after sister Victoria’s death
    Victoria Lee’s celebration of life in Hawaii switched to closed event by family because of ‘media outbreak’ surrounding 18-year-old’s death
    ‘Stop contacting us,’ ONE’s atomweight MMA champion adds – ‘I ask you respect our wishes to not give any further public statements’

    Nicolas Atkin
    Published: 6:23pm, 24 Jan, 2023


    ONE Championship’s Angela Lee (right) with her younger sister Victoria Lee at their family’s United MMA gym in Hawaii. Photo: Instagram

    Victoria Lee’s celebration of life, which was expected to be held in Hawaii last Sunday, was changed to a closed event for her immediate family only.

    Rising MMA atomweight Lee, who went 3-0 during a brief career in ONE Championship where her elder siblings Angela and Christian Lee are both champions, died aged 18 on Boxing Day.

    The ceremony was set for the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park and Funeral Homes in Kaneohe, before her burial. The funeral home had publicly announced her death this month, before Lee’s 26-year-old sister confirmed the news.

    Angela Lee revealed the celebration of life “unfortunately” had to be closed off from the public, despite an outpouring of support for the family from fans and figures in the MMA community, because of the “media outbreak” after her younger sister’s death.

    “We have decided as a family to make Victoria’s celebration of life a closed event, for immediate family only. We greatly appreciate your understanding,” ONE’s atomweight MMA champion wrote in an Instagram post last week.

    “To our community and close friends, thank you for your kind words and prayers for our family during this time. This has been, and continues to be, an extremely difficult time for our family.
    “I would also like to address the media and news outlets that have tried to contact myself, my parents and any other members of my family during this time.
    “I ask you respect our wishes to not give any further public statements. Stop contacting us, stop hiring private investigators, stop with the conspiracy theories. Please show some respect and give us our time and space to grieve.”
    Victoria Sun-hei Lee was born on May 17, 2004 in Wahiawa, Hawaii, to Chinese-Singaporean father Ken Lee, who would later become her coach, and South-Korean-born Canadian mother Jewelz Lee.
    She lived with her family in Mililani, Hawaii, including Angela and 24-year-old Christian, and their respective spouses Bruno Pucci and Katie Lee, as well as her younger brother Adrian, 17, who won an amateur MMA title just days before her death.
    The cause of Lee’s death has not been publicly released.


    Victoria Lee walks to the ONE Championship Circle for a fight with Victoria Souza. Photo: ONE Championship.

    Angela Lee also thanked ONE for their “beautiful” video tribute honouring Victoria, which was played to the crowd at Impact Arena during the ONE Fight Night 6 in Bangkok on January 14.
    “I miss you so much sis,” she wrote.
    “This video is just a short clip of the beautiful, brilliant, kind and hardworking person Victoria was. She was down to earth, with unshakeable determination and a heart of gold.”



    Nicolas Atkin

    Nico is a production editor on the South China Morning Post’s sport desk, where he covers mixed martial arts (MMA) in Asia, as well as local sport in Hong Kong. He was previously a sports writer and editor for ESPN.
    Sad that outsiders are meddling in the mourning.
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