What a terrible week it’s been for MMA…
UFC, King of The Cage and WSOF veteran Tim Hague suffered a harrowing knockout loss last night. Sadly, it has turned out to be a life changing one. After some tough times as a professional mixed martial artist, ‘Thrashing Machine’ decided to take up boxing.
During his career in MMA, Hague had built up a 21-12 professional record. Unfortunately he’d suffered back-to-back losses in his first UFC run in 2009/10, meaning he was sent back to the regional circuit.
Once again returning to the UFC in 2011, Hague stepped in as a last minute replacement to face Matt Mitrione. Although he lost that fight too, Hague would go on to win a number of fights for WSOF and other organisations.
Tragic Boxing Loss Last Night
Taking a boxing match against Adam Braidwood last night, Hague suffering a terrible knockout loss. After being knocked down four times, he was eventually knocked out cold by his opponent.
Although able to carry himself on his own two feet after the loss, Hague was soon after admitted to the hospital. Suffering ‘brain trauma,’ Hague was admitted to ICU where his condition worsened.
Prayers are w/ Canadian UFC vet Tim Hague who suffered serious brain injury last night in a boxing match w/ Adam Braidwood. Currently in ICU
— James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) 17 June 2017
Soon after the initial reports came out, we were updated by Mike Russell on Twitter:
Sources in contact with teammates at the hospital tell me Hague was declared brain dead 2 hrs ago. Such a tragedy. Thoughts with his family.
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) 17 June 2017
Since these Tweets, Tim Hague’s sister made the emotional statement that he’d passed away on Sunday. RIP Tim Hague.
Such a dangerous sport, filled with excitement and highs, but also so many lows and inherent dangers. To some extent, the commission has to be questioned for allowing Hague to compete after suffering consecutive KO losses since 2015.
Here’s a clip of Hague thrashing an opponent on the regional scene, followed by an excerpt of an interview with MMAJunkie.com.
Hague was known as a kind and loving family man, our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
“This is 100 percent (the most serious I’ve taken my career),” Hague told MMAjunkie. “I’m not the guy that’s going out and putting pictures on social media drinking and partying. I’ve just got to be a better person. I spend more time now with my son than anything, and I’m just trying to put out a good message of training hard, working hard and being a good family man. That will get you places.”
“There definitely was (a rock-bottom moment),” Hague said. “I was diagnosed with depression or whatever. I’m not going to blame anything that’s happened in my career on that. I’ve battled back, and I’ve overcome it. Two months ago, I got into some trouble where I needed to really do some self-reflection and change my life. Ever since that day I’ve changed my life, and I haven’t made a single mistake. I think I’ve bounced back better than anybody really could. I’m ready to rock.”