MMA fighter dies following unregulated event on May 18 in South Dakota

Sorry folks, not exactly the kind of mixed martial arts (MMA) news I enjoy passing along, but it's not something we can afford to ignore, either.

Just ask the widow of Sam Vasquez.

Dustin Jenson, 26, tapped to a triangle choke in a losing effort at "RingWars" back on May 18, 2012 from the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. He later became ill and was rushed to the hospital for emergency brain surgery.

The Rapid City Journal has details from Jenson's mother in law, Violet Schieman:

"He did not wake up after the surgery and was declared brain dead at 10:23 a.m.," she said. "He remained on life support until his organs were donated."

Schieman, who was not at the fight, said her daughter, Jenson’s wife Rebecca Jenson, and several others told her the violence in the fight was "nothing out of the ordinary."

"Doctors have watched the video and said it shouldn't have happened," Schieman said. "They said the fight may have triggered a brain aneurysm, but it was not overly violent."

Jenson was taken off life support on May 24 and his organs were donated.

South Dakota currently does not have a regulatory body to govern or sanction MMA events, and it is unclear at this time if Jenson was required to participate in pre-fight medicals prior to lacing up the gloves back on May 18.

Funeral services were held earlier today.

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