This has not been a great weekend for MMA. Not only did UFC legend Matt Hughes get airlifted to a hospital after his truck collided with a train, but former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague has been declared brain dead after suffering a knockout loss during a boxing match last night (Fri., June 16, 2017).
Sources close to teammates at the hospital revealed the unfortunate news earlier today, per Mike Russell:
Sources in contact with teammates at the hospital tell me Hague was declared brain dead 2 hrs ago. Such a tragedy. Thoughts with his family.— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) June 17, 2017
Worth noting: Hague was KO'd April 17 -- less than two months prior to his fight last night. Fight was basically boxing with MMA gloves.— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) June 17, 2017
Sportsnet's James Lynch was the first to report Hague’s brain injury, stating that Hague was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit following the knockout loss.
Cody Krahn, a close friend of Hague’s, provided some updated details about the combat sports veteran earlier today:
Fighter and friend Cody Krahn says UFC veteran and Canadian Tim Hague is currently in a coma & needed brain surgery. Keep the prayers coming pic.twitter.com/ox3nzRdMoQ— James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) June 17, 2017
UFC women’s bantamweight fighter Sarah Kaufman was in attendance and captured the aftermath via Instagram:
Hague, 34, made a move to boxing after suffering a 33-second knockout loss to Michal Andryszak last July in his final MMA appearance. The Canadian veteran compiled a 1-4 record under UFC rule from 2009-2011, with his lone victory coming against Pat Barry via submission. Prior to Friday’s incident, Hague had suffered eight total knockouts throughout his 10-year MMA career.
Stick with Mania as more news regarding Hague’s condition is released.