Fighter Dies, Gets Revived in Cage

An MMA fighter competing in a Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) bout on Friday night said he died in the cage and had to be revived.

C.J. Hancock took to social media to state that during his LFA 26 bout in Houston, Texas, he suffered kidney failure and his heart stopped. According to Steven Wright, an MMA striking coach in attendance, Hancock did not collapse from a blow but what appeared to be from fatigue.

But in a statement, LFA CEO Ed Soares said Hancock collapsed a few seconds after taking a hard body kick.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation where C.J. Hancock took a body kick during his fight. After the kick landed, there was a few second delay, and then he collapsed in the cage. Our cutman, David Maldonado, immediately recognized the problem and signaled to the medical team sitting cageside. They were able to resuscitate and stabilize C.J. and took him to the hospital via ambulance where they determined he had suffered kidney failure.”

According to Hancock’s girlfriend, the MMA fighter had to be hooked up to a fourth IV bag for severe dehydration and re-opened scars from past fights, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Hancock is recovering at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston.

According to Hancock, he suffered from a “hard weight cut.” Hancock made weight at 170.5 pounds on Thursday, but usually competed at 205 pounds as an amateur.

Hancock stated that a doctor told him he shouldn’t compete again, but he has stated he will continue to compete in Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments and superfights.

This is not the first time Houston has seen a professional MMA fight end with a fighter collapsing due to exhaustion and suffering various after-effects. At Bellator 149 in April 2016, Dhafir Harris (aka Dada 5000) collapsed during his infamous bout with Kimbo Slice. Harris suffered cardiac arrest, severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure, and Harris claims he was at one point presumed dead.

You can read Hancock’s full statement below.

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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