The world of mixed martial arts is mourning former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Tim Hague, who was fatally injured in a boxing match in Edmonton Friday. His sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed Sunday that the 34-year-old, who was knocked out and suffered a brain hemorrhage, had died, the CBC reports. "It is with incredible sadness, sorrow, and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today," she said. "He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him so greatly." Hague, who fought in the UFC as "The Thrashing Machine" between 2009 and 2011, was active in MMA for 10 years but had been focusing on boxing since last year, according to Bleacher Report.
Hague was hospitalized in critical condition Friday after the KO79 match against former Edmonton Eskimos player Adam Braidwood, the Edmonton Journal reports. Edmonton Combative Sports Commission executive director Pat Reid says an official review will include reports from referees, ringside judges, physicians, and others. Gym owner Alicia Landry tells the CBC that Hague, who had a day job as an elementary school English teacher, was a local icon who had planned to lead a summertime sports camp. "The students just adored him," she says. "He's a big teddy bear, that guy."