Indian MMA fighter, Nikhil Suresh, 23, passed away on Wednesday after being hit in the head during a championship kickboxing match. Authorities opened an investigation into the contest’s organizers.
The Sun reported a horrifying video which showed him collapsing to the ground after receiving a hit to the face from his opponent on Sunday.
As Nikhil lay there unmoving, the referee finally ruled that the match had ended.
Terrified bystanders rushed to help. He was hurried to the hospital, where he passed away from his injuries four days later.
Nikhil was competing in a state-level K-1 kickboxing tournament held by the K-1 Kickboxing Association of Karnataka in India. Nikhil began kickboxing two years prior.
Nikhil was tipped as the next big thing in MMA in India. He had recently participated in the 6th Open MMA Championship in Karnataka after featuring in the 5th MMA India Nationals in Madhya Pradesh.
Nikhil’s coach, Vikram Nagaraj, said some nice words with an emotional speech.
“With profound sadness, I shoulder the burden of breaking the terrible news that we all dreaded.
“My boy Nikhil decided to hang his gloves today.
“His beautiful soul left us behind after a hard-fought battle in the early hours of today in spite of the best medical attention.
“He will be etched eternally on our hearts and memories. I am shattered beyond words by my loss.
“Today I have lost a son. We pray almighty to give us all enough strength to bear the unbearable. My deepest condolences.”
His distraught father reported his son’s death to the authorities and accused the organizers of incompetence.
According to the Times of India, police went to the Rapid Fitness Gym in Jnanabharati on Friday. The location examination would be crucial in demonstrating or disproving the organizers’ alleged incompetence. According to police event organizer Naveen Ravishankar is still missing.