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'I died tonight in the cage' - MMA fighter revived twice by medics after collapsing due to dehydration

CJ Hancock
CJ Hancock
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The extreme techniques used by MMA fighters to make weight have hit the headlines after one competitor almost died after suffering kidney failure during a bout.

Clovis “CJ” Hancock collapsed in a preliminary round of the Legacy Fighting Alliance in Texas on Friday and shocked spectators watched on as he was revived twice by medics.

He was diagnosed with kidney failure and dehydration by doctors after he was rushed from the Arena Theatre in Houston.

“I died tonight in the cage”, he posted to Facebook. “My heart stopped, and I had kidney failure, they did CPR and hit me with the defibrillator twice and brought me back.

“Doc says I shouldn’t fight again. I’m broken. I guess I’ll just be a coach from now on.”

He is recovering from the ordeal now after being given eight bags of saline solution.

During his recovery, he commented on Facebook that: “I cut too much weight, my heart stopped and my kidneys failed. [Doctors] said I was severely dehydrated.”

He revealed that after been given the saline solution, he weighed 206lbs. At the time of the weigh-in, he was 77kg (170 lb).

He has been advised by medics to never fight again.

LFA CEO Ed Soares told MMA Fighting Hancock stumbled seconds after copping a kick to the body.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation where CJ Hancock took a body kick during his fight,” Soares said. “After the kick landed, there was a few second delay, and then he collapsed in the cage.

“Our cutman David Maldonado immediately recognised the problem and signalled to the medical team sitting cageside. They were able to resuscitate and stabilise CJ and took him to the hospital via ambulance where they determined he had suffered kidney failure.

“CJ is currently recovering and in the company of his friends and family.”

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