It’s starting to look like the safety streak MMA and MMA-derivative sports had going for it has come to an end. First Sammy Vasquez dies, then someone training just drops dead, and now another close call leads to a fighter from Chuck Norris’ World Combat League in the hospital:
Houston-area mixed martial artist Jesse Vasquez is in serious, but stable condition after collapsing following a World Combat League fight Saturday night in Tulsa, Okla.
Details regarding what happened during the event at Expo Square Pavilion are limited at this time. According to a comment posted on a blog, the 33-year-old Vasquez completed the first part of his fight on the WCL card but collapsed afterward and was transported to the hospital. Fighters in WCL events compete in two three-minute halves with a break in between.
There’s not enough details at the moment to say for sure what happened, but I was watching “WCL’s Greatest Knockouts” over the weekend and what kept popping into my mind is how they kept letting fighters who have been KO’d to get back up and fight some more. The sport uses the standing 8-count and then the ref decides if the fighter is fit to go on. Out of the 25 knockouts on the DVD, I’d say around 10 of them featured fighters who had been knocked out getting back up and being allowed to continue. And surprise surprise, all of them ended up getting knocked the fuck out again.
I really can’t stress how dangerous and stupid that shit is. If a fighter gets knocked out, then he should NEVER be allowed to get back up and keep fighting. First off, they’re in no state to protect themselves properly, which makes the damage they’re liable to get a lot more dangerous. Secondly, who knows how bad two knockouts in a row can fuck up a dude’s brain? I’m sure there’s studies, and I’m sure they all say “It’s pretty damned bad.”
Anyways, as I said, there’s no information on the situation surrounding this guy’s case. But I just wanted to put it out there that some of the rules in the WCL are fucking stupid and dangerous.