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MMA fighter in critical condition

Craig Booth, 26, is fighting for his life after collapsing in a hot bath at a resort in Australia while trying to cut weigh
Craig Booth

Mixed martial arts fighter, Craig Booth, 26, is fighting for his life after collapsing in a hot bath at a resort in Australia while trying to cut weight for a fight. Booth was found shortly after noon in a bath under hot towels at the Golden Shores Holiday Club at Labrador, Queensland, Australia. He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in critical condition.

Booth was scheduled to fight in the Eternal MMA bout at the Southport Sharks AFL Club on Saturday. He is just 26 years old, a two-stripe white belt, with an 0-1 record as an amateur.

Promoter Cameron O’Neill toldGreg Stolz for The Courier-Mail it was not uncommon for fighters trying to sweat down to make weight to become “faint and unresponsive’.

“They usually make a good recovery and we’re hoping that’s the case here,” he said.

The culture of extreme weight cutting has killed two MMA fighters, hospitalized countless others, and has caused internal damage of varying degrees to many, many more. California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster, who serves as chair of the medical committee for the Association of Boxing and Combative Sports Commissions, created an aggressive 10-point plan to protect fighters and the sport.

The plan will go before the full ABC body at the annual conference, which will be held this year from July 22-26 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. However, California is not waiting for the vote, or another death in the sport. Implementation of the new program will begin on June 15, and the new plan will be in effect at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California.