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That fighter who died in the cage last weekend wants you to know he’s feeling much better

Mike Jackson, LFA

Regional welterweight CJ Hancock went into his Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) fight last weekend after cutting too much weight, and took a kick to the body which sent him crashing to the canvas.

He died a few seconds later.

Fortunately, paramedics were able to revive him following CPR and a couple of jolts from the defibrillator. Hancock was rushed to the hospital for his stopped heart and kidney failure, but is now “feeling much better” and resting comfortably at home.

“A good friend told me it was a miracle coming back from death,” Hancock wrote on Facebook. “And that even though we may not know why yet, there is a reason! Big thanks to all the people that gave me CPR and hit me with the defibrillator!”

Doctors, not surprisingly, have advised him to give up fighting.

Weight-cutting reform has been a hot topic of late, with stateside commissions taking preventive measures to eliminate extreme dehydration. Overseas promotions like ONE Championship have abolished weight cutting all together after tragedies like this.

Hancock is lucky to be alive and will hopefully serve as a cautionary tale to those combatants who still insist on cutting too much weight.

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