Edmonton MMA fighter dies after boxing ring injury

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Jackie Neil said in a brief emailed statement on Saturday that her brother, Tim Hague, is in critical condition. "He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs". Hague's family said in a statement to CTV News.

Former UFC fighter Tim Hague was knocked out in the second round of his boxing match against Adam Braidwood Friday night, and he has reportedly been left brain dead and in critical condition.

His last fight in boxing resulted in a knockout in December. A post-fight video showed Hague leaving the ring under his own power, but he was soon rushed to the hospital, according to KO boxing.

With that in mind it's clear there's no way that Hague, a kindergarten teacher and family man, should have been stepping back into the ring this past weekend, but nevertheless it's still a heartbreaking situation and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this hard time.

Checkout the complete fight right here.

Hague underwent brain surgery after being knocked out by Adam Braidwood at the Shaw Conference Centre.

"Nobody wants to see something like this happen. It doesn't happen often", said local boxer Jelena Mrdjenovich, who was in the crowd during the fight.

The 34-year-old's head bounced off the canvas in sickening fashion, and he laid motionless before the referee waved off the fight.

The Boyle, Alberta, Canada, native fought in the heavyweight division and had five fights in the UFC from 2009 through 2011. In 2016 he made the move to boxing.

Hague switched codes to fight Braidwood, 33, on Friday night, and was sent crashing to the canvas following a flurry of shots in the second round.

Many were asking why the fight wasn't stopped long before the knockout.

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