Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Tim Hague has succumbed to the injuries he sustained in a knockout loss this past Friday, in a boxing match. On Sunday, Hague was taken off life support and pronounced dead at an Edmonton, Alberta hospital.
Hague was 34 years old.
The news of the UFC veteran's death was confirmed by his sister Jackie Neil via Facebook on Sunday afternoon.
“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” wrote Neil. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him with so greatly.”
On June 16, Hague boxed former Canadian Football League first-overall pick Adam Braidwood and suffered a devastating second-round knockout loss. Hague, who entered the bout with a 1-2 pro boxing record, was knocked down three times in the first frame, but permitted to start the second round by referee Len Koivisto.
A right hand followed by a short left knocked Hague backward, stiff, leaving his unsupported head to bounce off of the ring mat. Hague remained down on the canvas for several minutes and after being taken to the backstage area, reportedly suffered a seizure and was rushed to hospital, where he remained in critical condition and was then pronounced brain dead in the hours that followed.
The card, which took place under the KO Boxing banner at the Shaw Conference Centre, was sanctioned and overseen by the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC). In the 22 months prior to the Braidwood contest, Hague had been knocked out twice in the boxing ring and four times in MMA bouts, six times in total. Braidwood is now 8-1 (7 KOs) as a boxer.
A native of Boyle, Alberta, Hague posted a 21-13 pro MMA mark in a decade-long career, including five bouts in the UFC from May 2009 to January 2011. “The Thrashing Machine,” a former kindergarten teacher, choked out Pat Barry in his debut at UFC 98, but dropped four in a row inside the Octagon before being released by the promotion.