Canadian Amateur MMA Fighter Dies After Debut

Competing in his first MMA competion, Ontario resident Felix Pablo Elochukwu, died shortly after his debut bout in Port Huran, Michigan this past Friday. The 265-pound Nigerian born fighter was a three-time gold-medal winner on the local grappling circuit. The fight had begun with the first two rounds being a grappling session and spectatcors said the inepxperineced fighters both looked extremely fatigued in between the 2nd and 3rd rounds. During the 3rd round, however, Elochukwu was mounted and received numerous hammer fists from that position. The referee felt he was not defending himself enough and called a stop to the fight.

During the announcement of the decision, Elochukwu appeared aware and alert, sources say. As his corner helped walk him out, they sat him back down in a seat where they noticed he was behaving slightly erraitcaly. Thinking it was related to his aggressive drop in blood-sugar they gave him some orange juice and then the fighter collapsed. Paramedics showed up within minutes and were able to bring him back to consciousness. The heavyweight was pronounced dead shortly after. It is not known if he had passed on the way to the hospital or while he was there at this. An autopsy was performed this past Sunday and the results will be made available by the end of this month.

It should be noted that neither fighter was required to have any pre-fight medicals done prior to their competition as this fight was considered “unsanctioned”. Our prayers and condolences to the family of the fallen warrior. More news as it becomes available.


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    Evan Holober

    April 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Incredibly sad. Its not like the fight was a **********, or anything either. APparently the hammer fists didn't even look that hard (from mount that is). It was more a lack of improving position.

    Even more troubling that the autopsy was unable to pin point the cause of death so far.

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    Entity

    April 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Condolences to his family, teammates and friends, that *****.

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    diamond-mma2

    April 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    i was listening to the Dan Hardy interview from Bjpenn.com and it seems that because of some testing the California Commission requires it was the reason they found his issue. i really o think future fighters should get tested, even if its not require.

    really ***** this happened, r.i.p

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    manbearpig86

    April 10, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I know this sounds weird, but I feel bad for his opponent. Knowing that the last guy you fought died after your fight. That's a bad thing to have in your head if your always training.

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      Ihovers

      April 10, 2013 at 5:21 am

      That's a valid point. During 82' there was a boxing fight between Ray Mancini and Kim Duk-Koo. Duk-Koo lost by TKO and immediately after the fight fell into a coma and died 4 days later in the hospital. Mancini took it very hard and reportedly was never the same after the fight as he blamed himself for the death of his opponent.

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        Evan Holober

        April 10, 2013 at 10:07 am

        Thats a great point guys.

        It's happened throughout history (even recently). Teon Kennedy stopped Francisco Rodrigues in 2009, and 2 days later Francisco died. Before the fight Kennedy was undefeated and full of hype. Since, he's 3-2-1.

        I find it hard to believe that somebody would ever be the same in a sport like boxing (or MMA) after an opponent died because of their punishment.

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