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5 MMA Fighters Who Died In The Octagon

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Tyrone Mims passed away at the young age of 30
Tyrone Mims passed away at the young age of 30

Mixed Martial Arts is fast becoming one of the top sports in the country. While before it was not acknowledged, and MMA Fighters were not respected, nowadays it has become comparable to a Boxing Match.

With the rise of UFC and the ever-increasing popularity of MMA, more and more people tune in to see shows. At one point in time, however, Mixed Martial Arts was considered to be Human Cockfighting, and nothing more. More rules were added, and they added a process making the proceedings a lot more systematic, and now Mixed Martial Arts has the same prestige as any other combat sports and is regulated in all states by combat sports commissions.

When it comes to Mixed Martial Arts, however, there remains a tangible threat to anyone with regards to their health, as with any other combat sports. At the end of the day, it is after all two people trying to hit the other one so hard as to knock them out. There have been several cases where the fight proved to be fatal for one of the fighters.

In this article, let us take a look at five different occasions where a fighter passed away in the octagon. The list will be excluding any unsanctioned MMA fights and will deal only with sanctioned events.

#5 Booto Guylain:

The Congolese Fighter passed away at an event held in Johannesburg
The Congolese Fighter passed away at an event held in Johannesburg

Booto Guylain was a Congolese fighter, with one other fight under his belt when he took part in the event at Johannesburg, South Africa. At EFC AFRICA 27, Guylain took part in a fight against Keron Davies on the 27th of February, 2014.

Guylain's last fight had resulted in a loss, and he was looking to pick up some momentum and help his Mixed Martial Arts career with a win here. Unfortunately for him, it proved to be his last fight of all time.

He suffered a brutal head injury during the third round of the fight. He was stabilised on spot and taken to the hospital for further treatment. Although the situation looked hopeful, to begin with, there was nothing that could be done to save him. He passed away on the 5th of March, at the age of 29, due to swelling of the brain.

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