Tim Hague, UFC fighter turned boxer, died Sunday after he suffered a serious injury during a boxing match in Canada. He was 34.
Jackie Neil, Hague’s sister, released a statement announcing his death.
“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today. He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him with [sic] so greatly,” the statement read.
Hague was critically injured Friday night during a match against Adam Braidwood, a former Edmonton Eskimos defensive end, at the Shaw Conference Centre. Hague was knocked out in the second round when Braidwood delivered a punch that sent the boxer crashing to the mat. The match, promoted by KO Boxing, was scheduled at the last minute.
“I know Tim actually begged for this fight,” training partner and friend Victor Valimaki told CTV News. “He talked to the promoters and begged for this fight. He wanted it.”
Hague was in critical condition on Saturday and Sunday morning until he passed away just after 1:30 p.m., CTV News reported.
Hague grew up in Boyle, Alberta, and was a heavyweight trained in jiu-jitsu, The Associated Press reported. He switched to boxing last summer after a career as an MMA fighter known as “The Thrashing Machine.”