Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Tim Hague is reportedly brain dead after suffering a brutal knockout loss Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Hague battled Adam Braidwood in the Shaw Conference Centre and was knocked completely out in the second round.
Braidwood (8-1, 7 KOs) hit Hague clean on the head and when the 10-year mixed martial arts veteran fell flat onto his back, his head bounced violently off the canvas. According to various reports, Hague was clearly not right backstage and was rushed to the hospital. From there, things turned grave as the Canadian had to have surgery to relieve pressure from his brain bleeding.
Sportnet’s James Lynch was the first to report on Hague’s condition and followed up that he is in a coma. Realfightstories.com's Mike Russell added that Hague has been declared brain dead.
UFC vet Sarah Kaufman was ringside and snapped a photo of a fallen Hague just moments after he was knocked out.
Hague entered the bout with Braidwood with a 1-2 overall record and was knocked out in December. His last MMA bout was in July 2016 where he was knocked out with a head kick and punches from Michael Andryszak. The “Thrashing Machine” stood at 21-13 in MMA, including a 1-4 record inside the Octagon; his lone win being a submission over Pat Barry at UFC 98. He had lost four of his last five MMA bouts.
Sources in contact with teammates at the hospital tell me Hague was declared brain dead 2 hrs ago. Such a tragedy. Thoughts with his family.— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) June 17, 2017
Multiple sources confirm Tim Hague awaiting on life support as family makes organ donation arrangements. Hate reporting this type of news.— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) June 18, 2017