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Jesus Christ

Pretty shocking that stuff like this happens out of the blue:

Rene Ayangma, 20, died suddenly Tuesday night following a light sparring session at the Largo Fitness Centre in Stratford, P.E.I. Ayangma was preparing for his second professional MMA bout which was scheduled for March 15 at ECC 7: Bad Blood against Kyle Sanford.

According to The Canadian Press, Ayangma fell to a knee and then forward onto the floor where he lost consciousness. An instructor rushed to Ayangma’s aid and attempted to preform CPR as he still has “shallow breathing.” He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Just a reminder that MMA is extremely demanding on your body, and if you’re going to get serious about it then it makes a lot of sense to get a thorough checkup with your doctor and run your diet and exercise routines past an expert. I’m not saying that Rene didn’t do this … details on this entire story are very short, and there’s 1001 ways this could have happened. But it’s worth reminding people whenever something like this happens: Be careful with yo’selves, don’t cut corners with your health.

  • Mike_N says:

    Amen. We always talk about how much weight that fighters have to/need to cut, but we often forget what kind of strain that cut puts on someone’s internal organs. Even if I’m talking to a fighter in my own gym, I still cringe when they say, “The fight’s a week away and I’m 12 pounds over, but I think I can make it.”

    I don’t care what kind of shape you’re in–losing that much in that short a period of time just isn’t healthy.

  • JackalAss says:

    I never understood why you’d want to cut all that weight. I would think that’d make you sluggish when you are fighting. Expecially since your body knows it’s lacking something.

    I know if I eat something even a little bit greasy before my kickboxing lessons I am going to have a bad day.

    I’ve only had to cut wieght one time and that was for wrestling back in high school. I had to lose 2 pounds for a Saturday tournament. 2 pounds isn’t anything when you think about it. I couldn’t drink any water all day long and I couldn’t take a shower after I spit in a cup for the whole day. It was horrible…I couldn’t imagine spending a week just cutting weight.

  • Sometimes there’s too much emphasis on not quitting – no tapping, no stopping. I say once you know you’re not a wuss you gotta be willing to listen to your body and what it’s telling you.