At the end of March, Franco Lescano, age 30, died of multiple fractures suffered during a workout in Argentina. "The boy left the gym quadriplegic and died 21 days later," says Eduardo Duarte, who runs academies in Argentina, to TATAME.
According to the local press, the athlete had been training at Tiger Gym for his pro debut when he got injured. The blow caused fractures to two vertebrae, leaving him quadriplegic. "What I could understand, talking to people who were there, is that the guy was doing the double leg, took a guillotine and fell upon his neck, but nobody knows for sure what happened," said the Brazilian.
With the death of the athlete, the Argentine press began to criticize the sport. "They got pretty tough, they said that was a barbarism, compared it to gladiators. They said that the MMA is one piece of thing without any rules and inside a cage, so that participants cannot escape and also said it doesn’t have a judge nor rounds, that is a struggle until one gos down. It was pretty ugly”, he explains.
The athlete who was training with Franco Lescano as the time of the accident, the Peruvian David Zalacar, is being charged of second degree murder. The family of the dead athlete accused the academy of negligence, Tiger Gym, and the organization that governs the sport in Argentina revealed that the academy did not have authorization to work. "It is an academy of a guy who does not know what he was doing," complains Eduardo.
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This is at least the second known paralyzation from the identical scenario. Trainers, fighters, referees, and officials may want to take note that driving into a double with the head in a Guillotine can be horrifically injurious. With more details on the exact nature of the injury, steps can be taken to prevent further occurences.