UFC veteran Tim Hague dies following boxing knockout loss
Former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague has passed away.
Hague died on Sunday after suffering a knockout loss in a boxing match in Canada on Friday night.
Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed the fighter’s death with a Facebook post that read:
“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today. He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him with so greatly.”
First UFC event I ever covered live was UFC 98. Tim Hague scored a huge upset, I'll never forget that. Fighter and school teacher. RIP. pic.twitter.com/gdYvuKdoro
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 18, 2017
Hague was 34 when he passed away.
The fighter had been in critical condition in a Canadian hospital after his knockout loss to Adam Braidwood at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. Although Hague had 34 pro MMA fights, including five in the UFC, this was a boxing bout.
Braidwood knocked Hague down several times during the fight and when he eventually knocked him out, Hague remained out on the canvas for several minutes before eventually leaving the ring.
However, he after being brought to hospital it was discovered that something wasn't quite right, according to reports from teammates.
Hague's MMA career will be best remembered for his stunning first round submission victory over Pat Barry in his UFC debut at UFC 98.