The world of combat sports in undoubtedly a risky one and anyone who enters this sport is risking their life and that was the case for former UFC heavyweight star Tim Hague.
Hague, who had a 1-2 record as a pro boxer before Friday night, fell heavily to the canvas, appearing to smack his head on the mat during a brutal knockout. He used to be a kindergarten teacher before transitioning into mixed martial arts and UFC fighting.
A video on YouTube that purports to be of the fight shows Hague lying still on his back on the canvas after taking a punch to his head from Braidwood.
"It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today", Hague's sister, Jackie Neil said in a statement Sunday. Hague's family said in a statement to CTV News. "He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs". He suffered a first-round TKO loss in thirty seconds.
Hague underwent brain surgery after being knocked out by Adam Braidwood at the Shaw Conference Centre.
A former UFC fighter who was reportedly knocked out in a boxing event in Edmonton remains in hospital. "We are all with him".
Hague's last fight before Friday's bout was in early April against Jared Kilkenny.
Our deepest condolences go out to Hague's family and friends during this hard and tragic time.
Too tough for his own good, Hague nearly took on a bareknuckle boxing bout in the United Kingdom a few months later in 2016, but instead agreed to an MMA fight in Russian Federation and was TKO'd by a head kick in just 33 seconds.