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Another death in MMA

While digging around for pictures, gifs, and other various post-UFC 150 detrius, I started hearing chatter about a potential death at an MMA show in South Carolina. The next morning it was confirmed: Amateur fighter Tyrone Mims was taken to the hospital shortly after his fight and pronounced dead on arrival. Via Sherdog:

Mims was part of an online reality series called Georgia Boys Grits-n-Glory, which partnered with the event promoters to produce Saturday’s online stream.

“One of the fighters, who happened to be our own Tyrone ‘Teesta’ Mims, was fatally injured tonight, possibly as a result of his fight,” read a statement on the Georgia Boys Grits-n-Glory Facebook page. “The promoters and the South Carolina Fight Commission consulted with the fighters and all involved and decided as a result of the death of one of their own we should call off the rest of the fights. The promoters and the Athletic Commission did everything in their power according to protocol and this accident was beyond their control. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you’ll understand as we deal with the gravity of the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with ‘Teesta’ and his immediate family, which include his five children. We will do anything in our power to assist his family in their time of need and ask all of our fans for their prayers and support.”

It was the second death for a fighter following an MMA bout in South Carolina. In 2010, amateur fighter Michael Kirkham died from a brain hemorrhage after a knockout loss at Dash Entertainment/King MMA “Confrontation at the Convocation Center” in Aiken, S.C.

Kirkham was a 6’9 lightweight and many wondered if his unique phisiology didn’t have something to do with his death. This is also the second MMA-related death in the past few months. Dustin Jenson died after an MMA bout in South Dakota just two months ago, and while the autopsy revealed it wasn’t his final fight that killed him, the fight was his fourth in four months.

Tragic news, and still pretty infrequent. The total number of deaths in MMA is still under 10, with deaths during sanctioned events sitting at 2. But as MMA explodes and more and more people take part in it at the lower levels, we’re liable to see more stories like this. With some of the insane beatings, terrible stoppages, and awful commissions we’ve seen, I’m often amazed there isn’t a much larger body count.

  • drunkenjunk

    i don’t understand how you can be 6’9 and get down to that.

  • Corey Hill

    I would have challenged him but he is dead leaving me as the only freak LW around.

  • Reverend Clint

    thats a dangerous weight being a bmi of 16.5… 2 below the underweight line

  • iamphoenix

    are you just saying you’re corey hill or is this really corey hill?

    Are you just saying you love the lamp?

  • thingvolds

    Well, well, well.

    Looks like my prediction of rising frequency of mma related deaths was accurate (like all my other predictions).

    I fully expect to see a death in a Zuffa event soon, a disastrous occurrence which very well may lead to the downfall of this brutal sport.

    I hear this fucking nutjob Nate Mardquart is under the Zuffa umbrella again. Horrible idea to welcome this guy back, he is clearly unstable and ranks right up there with people like Rampage and Mayhem as far as MMA’ers who eventually are going to kill someone and show no remorse.

    A very sad day is coming. Not sad for me, as I no longer watch MMA (I have evolved). Sad for the victim and his family, and sad for fans of the sport.

  • Blackula Jonez

    What does one watch after they have evolved from human cockfighting?

    And yeah, I too am surprised more dudes have not died in this crazy ass sport.

  • kvelertak

    Guys who are in their 30s and fighting in no name promotions need to grow up and get real jobs.

  • TheButtStrangler

    RIP bud.

    Everyone lives, until they die.

  • Letibleu

    He was efficient, got it done faster than scheduled.

  • Reverend Clint

    im with kvelertak

  • drunkenjunk

    the old 4-8 amateur fighter

  • Reverend Clint

    thingvolds evolved and now watched dressage, just for the horses.

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  • bosswell

    If you google Michael Kirkham, make sure you do it with safesearch off.