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MMA fighter Leandro "Feijao" Souza (5-5), a member of Nova Uniao and Delfim Cacadores, died on Thursday while cutting weight for Friday's Shooto Brazil 43 card in Rio de Janeiro. The 26-year-old fighter, who was slated to fight Gabriel Brasil (1-1) in flyweight action, was cutting the final two pounds for the official weigh-ins when he passed out, and his death was confirmed moments later.
Yang Jian Bing was set to compete at ONE Championship against Geje Eustaquio in a flyweight contest before that bout was cancelled on Thursday. ONE Championship noted via release following the weigh-ins that bout had been cancelled "due to Yang's severe dehydration from attempting to make weight. Yang Jian Bing has suffered from dehydration & suspected heat stroke.
The problems started with the weigh-ins. Cutting weight is widespread in all combat sports, because it's advantageous for fighters to compete in the lowest weight class possible, where they will be bigger, taller, and stronger than their opponents. Cutting weight is a practice in self-starvation and dehydration. It is dangerous, not only leaving the fighter weak but making him or her much more vulnerable to brain trauma. He passed away a few hours after his bout of head trauma. “When you dehydrate significantly, your brain dehydrates as well,” she said, “and the protective fluid around the brain disappears, and you’re much more likely to potentially have a head injury”
An Aberdeen kick boxer, Jameston Lee-Yaw, 47, died following a mixed martial arts fight Saturday night at the SouthShore Mall. He was initially taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital after the fight then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he died Monday.The King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported the cause of death as renal failure.
According to the Nicaraguan sports press, Acevedo had vanished in a training session before the fight against Altamirano and before weighing he had to lose 10 pounds in just two days to mark the agreed weight of the fight, at 147 pounds. The deceased boxer disputed three fights in 49 days, from September 26 to November 14, two of which he lost. The young boxer spent a week in intensive care after being knocked unconscious in the ring, after being knocked out by Nelson Altamirano in the last minute of the eighth round of the fight they both played a little over a weekago.
A TEENAGER has died from severe dehydration while she was training for a Muay Thai fight. Jessica Lindsay, 18, from Perth, was said to be cutting weight in the run up to an amateur martial arts event when she collapsed.
Scottish Muay Thai fighter dies in Thailand attempting to cut weight for fight. Muay Thai boxer Jordan Coe, 20, from Scotland has died of a suspected heatstroke while trying to make the weight for a bout in Thailand.
The first of the deaths occurred on Nov. 9, when Billy Saylor, a freshman at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., died of cardiac arrest after riding an exercise bike and refusing liquids as he tried to lose six pounds. He was 19 years old. Two weeks later, on Nov. 21, Joseph LaRosa, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, died of heat stroke after dressing in a rubber suit and riding a stationary bike in an attempt to lose four and a half pounds. He was 22. And on Dec. 9, Jeff Reese, a junior at Michigan, died of kidney failure and heart malfunction while wearing a rubber suit and working out in a room heated to 92 degrees. He was 21.