How Many People Have Died in the UFC?

March 11, 2024

In a sport that is considered to be one of the most violent sports out there, it's surprising that no fighter has ever died inside the UFC's Octagon. Despite the fact that fighters kick and punch each other over the octagon and are put in chokeholds that could easily kill them, there have been no deaths attributed to the UFC. Sadly, that doesn't mean that it isn't an extremely dangerous sport. In fact, there are seven people who have died outside of the UFC as a result of fighting in sanctioned MMA matches.

The first reported MMA death was Sam Vasquez, who competed in the Renegades Extreme Fighting in 2007. He suffered a knockout loss and then collapsed on the floor. He was taken to the hospital where doctors found that he had a brain hemorrhage. Doctors had to remove a piece of his skull bone to help reduce the swelling in his brain. He was in a coma for 48 hours before dying on November 30.

There have also been a few other deaths attributed to MMA in the years since. Most of these occurred in unsanctioned events. One notable example was that of a Congolese fighter named Booto Guylain, who died soon after suffering a heavy head injury in an MMA fight in South Africa.

The other was Tim Hague, who died of a stroke just days after losing his last fight. He was found to have CTE, which is caused by repeated blows to the head. Interestingly enough, he had fought in both MMA and boxing at the time of his death.


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