This is some sad and tragic news. Former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague died on Sunday (June 18), just two days after he was knocked out in a boxing match.
He was just 34 years old.
Hague took on Adam Braidwood in a heavyweight boxing match at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Canada on Friday (June 16), and ultimately lost via knockout.
Though reports said he eventually came too, it was clear he needed immediate medical attention while be attended to backstage. He was hospitalized and underwent immediate surgery to release pressure in his brain, because there was severe brain hemorrhage.
Unfortunately, Hague did not recover and passed away on Father’s Day.
“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” his family said in a statement. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him with so greatly. We ask for privacy during this difficult time.”
Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Hague made five appearances in the UFC between 2009 and 2011. Though he won his debut in 2009, submitting Pat Barry via guillotine choke at UFC 98, he lost his next four bouts inside the Octagon.
During his career, Hague (21-13) suffered eight career knockouts in MMA, including four within the past 22 months. His professional boxing record was 1-3, with two knockout losses.