UFC Veteran Tim Hague Brain Dead Following Boxing Match

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The world of combat sports in undoubtedly a unsafe one and anyone who enters this sport is risking their life and that was the case for former UFC heavyweight star Tim Hague.

The 34-year-old swapped the UFC cage for the boxing ring last year after a rough run of form that saw him knocked out in four of his last five MMA fights.

But in the second round of the contest, Braidwood delivered a brutal left-right combination that sent Hague crashing to the canvas.

Multiple reports surfaced stating that Hague had passed away Saturday morning, but his sister has since refuted those reports. "He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs".

Melanie Lubovac of KO Boxing wouldn't comment on the event when reached late Saturday when Hague's family said he was in critical condition, but Lubovac said a statement would likely be issued Sunday or Monday.

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.

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Cody Krahn, a good friend of Hague's, said the fighter underwent emergency surgery to "relieve pressure from his brain bleeding". "We are all with him".

Ricky Hatton is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2012.

Our deepest condolences go out to Hague's family and friends during this hard and tragic time.

Before news of Hauge's death early Sunday afternoon, Edmonton Combative Sports Commission Pat Reid said that a post-fight official review is conducted immediately after each competition.

He holds a career MMA record of 21-13 and fought in the heavyweight division of the UFC from 2009 through 2011.

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