Today, MMA suffered its first defeat-the death of a fighter from injuries suffered during combat. Sammy suffered a stroke stemming from a blood-clot that may have stemmed from his KO loss in Houston on October 20th. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, child, and the rest of his family.
This is a great loss to the sport and I am afraid of the scrutiny that may occur as a result of this event. Although it is enjoying unprecedented growth and popularity, MMA is still struggling for legitimacy as a sport amongst most people. I just pray that this does not send MMA back into the dark ages of the late 90's.
Thats horrible my prayers go to his family and friends. I too, Rodja am wondering how this will affect MMA with america.
Rodja, do you know how the fight went? Was he knocked out standing, if so, they don't have much of a case besides the different gloves. Or was it a GnP KO/TKO ref stoppage? Sorry if my descriptions seem cold, but I just don't know the facts behind the fight. May he RIP, and I just wish his family well.
Wow, I'm speechless. I was following the thread at the UG, and was glad when I saw that Sherdog reported improvements. They reported hospice as a release?????????
Best wishes to his family.
Prayers for his family on the way.
thats some crazy **** man, makes you relize if its almost worth doing the sport. but in the end it sure is
first, it is terribel forthe family and friends. thoughts to them
I am curious what this will do for MMA, but hopefully, like boxing little will change
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My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and well wishers. May his soul rest in peace. If they stifle the sport, that would be a double damage. I hope the sport stays intact, at least in his honour.
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thats what can happens when you choose fighting as a career you have to assume those risks. as bad as it may sound
hey to be honest it sucks but i will be honest that you have to assume the risks didnt mean to come off as an A$$ hole
Too bad man. I wish his family the best. I thought he was fine from the Sherdog headline.
he was my friend and training partner
Just so everyone knows, Sammy was complaining from head and neck pains before his fight. Doctors think he had pre existing problems.