Former UFC Heavyweight Tim Hague Dies After Getting Knocked Out In Boxing Match This Weekend
ESPN- Former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague died at the age of 34 on Sunday, following a knockout loss in a boxing match Friday.
“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” his family said in a statement. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him with so greatly. We ask for privacy during this difficult time.”
Here’s the video of the fight that he passed away after, if you’re interested in seeing it. He doesn’t die during the fight Apollo Creed style, so it’s not necessarily NSFW, but knowing what followed makes it a tough watch.
Incredibly sad news to come out of Edmonton this weekend. Tim Hague made his UFC debut at UFC 98 and scored a shocking upset over the undefeated Pat Barry, went on to lose his next four fights, and got cut from the UFC. He went 11-9 in fights post-UFC, then gave boxing a shot. He was 1-2 in the ring before this fight, and suffered like, seven knockouts in the past 2 years (boxing and MMA combined). The story behind the death is unfortunate, but also frustrating, because the fight never should have been approved by the athletic commission. Hague’s opponent, Adam Braidwood, was 8-0 with 7 knockouts. You can’t set that up and let them stand toe to toe. Oh, and before you say “Well then why are you okay with 49-0 Floyd Mayweather fighting 0-0 Conor McGregor?!”, let me tell you. Floyd Mayweahter doesn’t knock anybody out anymore. His last knockout was basically a cheap shot, YEARS ago. Conor McGregor has also never suffered a knockout ever. These men aren’t throwing with the force of heavyweights, either. Also, I’m not a massive boxing guy, but I think it’s pretty clear that the referee let this one go on a bit too long too. I feel like it was pretty clear after the 2nd knockdown that the fight should’ve been over. I don’t want to dwell on the specifics or whatever though, because there was a death, and it’s just so sad. Rest in peace Tim. Thoughts with the family.