UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario in critical condition following cardiac arrest

Esther Lin

He already cheated death once before. Hopefully, this talented heavyweight can do it again.

Not exactly the kind of news we were looking to share over the holiday weekend.

Former Strikeforce contender and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight hopeful Shane del Rosario has been hospitalized in critical condition following full cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning (Nov. 16, 2013) at his home in California.

Manager Jason House released a full statement earlier today:

"Shane had a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning. He was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. He is currently in the coronary care unit critically ill. Our prayers are with him and his family."

Scary stuff.

Del Rosario hasn't seen action since a knockout defeat to Pat Barry as part of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 Finale last December. The loss was his second straight, having also been finished off by Stipe Miocic at UFC 146 after crossing over from the ranks of Strikeforce.

"No Limits" was expected to make his Octagon return against Guto Inocente at the upcoming UFC 168 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada; however, the former kickboxer was forced to withdraw after sustaining a rib injury in training camp.

It appears things have now taken a turn for the worse.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates on Del Rosario's health as they become available. Hopefully, we'll have nothing but good news to share in the coming days.

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