Longtime MMA heavyweight MMA fighter Tim Hague died today from injuries suffered during a boxing match vs. former Edmonton Eskimos football player Adam Braidwood on Friday at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Hague suffered a KO loss in the second round and was reportedly out for minutes. He came to and went back to the warm-up area on his own, but out of concern for his health, he was transported to the hospital. Tragically, he never recovered and passed away on Sunday at age 34.
The ghastly news came via the Facebook account of his sister, Jackie Neil.
“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” she wrote. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him with so greatly.”
Prior to the fight, Hague posted a video on his Facebook account, that contrasted the relative skill set of the two competitors.
“I’ll fight anybody,” said Hague. “I’m one-and-two, Adam’s seven-and-one. He won a world title in his last fight. But I’m stepping up on a few weeks’ notice because he was mentioning he didn’t have an opponent.”
A 1-2 boxer vs. a 7-1 boxer coming off a successful title defense would seem on its face to be unacceptable matchmaking. If Hague was coming off an impressive run in MMA, that could be a factor in favor of the match. However, Hague lost four of his last five MMA fights, all by knockout. However, he was licensed to box in Alberta.