Amateur MMA Fighter Saeideh Aletaha Dies After Suffering Brain Injury

By Cole Shelton Nov 19, 2019
English amateur mixed martial artist and kickboxer Saeideh Aletaha has died following a brain injury sustained during a fight.

She was competing in a kickboxing bout at Fast and Furious 19 in Southampton, England, where she sustained critical injuries. Despite being taken to the hospital after the fight, the 26-year-old passed away.

The promotion took to Facebook to release a statement on the passing of Aletaha.

“Following the show Saturday we regret to announce that following one of our matches, one of the competitors, Sai Aletaha from Lookborai who lost, unfortunately suffered an injury leaving her in a critical state that she tragically has not recovered from,” the promotion began.

“All competitors get in prepared that they may be injured and this is something not expected to happen 99.9 percent of the time. But, it can and in this we make the environment as safe as possible with pre and post medicals from a doctor, and full medical cover through out with doctor, paramedic and ambulance on site alongside our experienced team of staff with numerous first aiders, safety is not something ever skimped on in any of our 19 shows and all matches are made equal.

"Thoughts of course go out to all family, friends and team mates, if anyone needs any support please come to us or your coaches. Thank you to our team on the night who acted with utmost professionalism and carried their duties out above and beyond to react to the situation, and again we are here for any of you that needs it in this sad time,” the statement concluded.

The 26-year-old was fighting out of Exile Gym where the team posted a statement saying she was a lovely character and was extremely dedicated to the sport. “Aletaha was a lovely character with a beautiful soul,” the gym said in a Facebook post. “Her dedication to the sport was 110 [percent], traveling miles every day just to train. She found her place with us just a few months ago but has become a part of the family and will be sorely missed. The news comes as a devastating blow to us all at the gym and the whole community. Our thoughts and [prayers] go out of her family."

The local police have launched an investigation into the event. Sherdog sends our condolences to Aletaha's friends and family during this tragic time.

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