MMA heavyweight Tim Hague declared brain dead after boxing KO

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Former King of the Cage Canada heavyweight champion Tim Hague earned a 21-13 record in MMA, before trying professional boxing at age 34. Hague lost four of his past five MMA fights via KO, which would seem to a dubious base for a move to prize fighting. However, he was licensed to box and faced former Edmonton Eskimos football player Adam Braidwood on Friday at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Hague suffered a KO loss, and was taken to the hospital where he was reportedly declared brain dead.

Prior to the fight, Hague posted a video on his Facebook account, describing Braidwood as 7-1.

“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 and I’m always game.”

This is the fight.

MMA fighter Sarah Kaufman posted the immediate aftermath.

Huge ko win for @braidwoodboxing over @tim_hague . Hope for a good recovery Tim. So proud of you Adam #koboxing

A post shared by Sarah Kaufman (@sarahkaufmanmma) on

Sportsnet reporter James Lynch was the first to report something was terribly wrong.

Then his friend MMA fighter Cody Krahn posted ominous news.

And it got worse still.

Tim Hague, his friends, family, his loved ones, and his opponentAdam Braidwood are all in our prayers and thoughts.