Tim Hague dies at 33 after being knocked out in boxing match

Tim Hague dies at 33 after being knocked out in boxing match

Sportsnet's James Lynch reported Saturday that former UFC fighter Tim Hague is in the intensive care unit with a serious brain injury.

Hague's mixed martial arts career lasted a decade.

After being hit right in the face, Hague landed face first on the mat and his head bounced off the canvas - prompting immediate concern from medical officials in the arena.

Close friend and fellow MMA fighter Cody Krahn wrote: "As many of you know Tim suffered a severe knockout in his boxing match".

"It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today".

"He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs".

Hague's sister Jackie Neil confirmed her brother's death in a brief social media post on Sunday afternoon. "We are all with him".

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In his next three fights, he suffered a seven-second knockout loss to Todd Duffee at UFC 102, a majority-decision loss to Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109 and a unanimous decision loss to Joey Beltran at UFC 113.

The 34-year-old was rushed to Royal Alexandra hospital in Edmonton where he had to have surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Hague injury may serve to raise concerns ahead of the contest, with McGregor set to take to the ring with one of the most accomplished boxers of all time.

Hague compiled a 21-13 MMA record before switching to boxing after his final pro MMA fight in July 2016.

His last fight in boxing resulted in a knockout in December.

But it was backstage in the dressing room where Hague's main issues began, as the fighter soon began to fall desperately ill in the aftermath of the event.

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