Former UFC fighter Tim Hague has died following a knockout loss during a boxing bout in Canada.
Hague had been taken into the intensive care unit at Royal Alexandra Hospital – Edmonton, where he was in a coma and needed brain surgery.
Hague’s sister confirmed her brother’s death via Facebook.
"It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today," she wrote. "He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him with so greatly."
Hague was 34.
Hague was knocked out during his bout with Adam Brainwood at a boxing event on Friday night at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. Video of the full fight, including the knockout, can be seen below. (Warning: Viewer discretion advised)
According to a friend of Hague’s, fellow fighter Cody Krahn, Hague needed surgery to relieve pressure from brain bleeding.
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
Mike Russell confirmed that Hague’s family has been trying to set up organ donations. He also confirmed that Hague was competing in a boxing match just two months after suffering yet another knockout loss.
Multiple sources confirm Tim Hague awaiting on life support as family makes organ donation arrangements. Hate reporting this type of news.
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) June 18, 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
Hague made his professional MMA debut in 2006. His first bout in the UFC took place at UFC 98 in 2009, where he submitted Pat Berry to improve to 10-1. After four straight losses in the UFC between 2009 and 2011, he was released. He competed in three World Series of Fighting (WSOF) events in 2014, winning all three bouts. He had lost four of his last five MMA bouts, for a career total of 21-13, before making the jump to boxing in 2016.
It’s worth noting that Hague suffered a number of KO losses over the years. In fact, he has suffered seven KO/TKO losses since 2014. This knockout loss to Brainwood was the fifth Hague has suffered in boxing or MMA since August 2015.