After taking a knockout punch in a boxing match on Friday night in Canada, former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague, 34, died on Sunday.
Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, wrote about her brother’s death in a post on her Facebook page, saying, “It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today. He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him with so greatly.”
A five-fight UFC veteran, Hague was in critical condition in a Canadian hospital after being knocked out by former Edmonton Eskimos football player Adam Braidwood at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
A video of the boxing match shows that Braidwood knocked Hague down several times during the fight, taking him down for good in the second round. Hague laid unconscious on the canvas for several minutes before eventually coming to, but then he had to be taken to the hospital when it became obvious that something wasn’t right, reported his teammates.
Originally a teacher in Canada, Hague launched his MMA career in 2006 and went on to suffer many knockouts over the year.
It was reported that in the past two years, he experienced four knockout losses. The only fight he won was in April 2016, when he beat UFC veteran Kalib Starnes to win Canada’s XFFC heavyweight title.
According to an article in MMA Junkie, “When Hague won fights, he was a finisher. He had 19 of his 21 wins by stoppage, including 15 knockouts, and had not gone to a decision in one of his victories since 2008.”
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