Mixed martial arts, statistically, has proven to be a much safer alternative in the world of combat sports, though it has seen its fair share of tragedies regardless.
Outside of untimely deaths of trainers and memorable figures, the MMA community has seen the passing of two fighters, Sam Vasquez and Michael Kirkham—two men dedicated to the sport that eventually took their lives.
Vasquez suffered a knockout loss to Vince Libardi under the Renegade Extreme Fighting banner in October of 2007. Vasquez lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a subdural hemorrhage. After invasive surgery ensued, Vasquez, 35, died on November 30 after slipping into a coma. He is survived by his wife and son.
Kirkham was also victim to a knockout in June of last year at the hands of Carlos Iraburo, fighting for the first time in his career under the Dash Entertainment banner. Kirkham, 30, was brought to the hospital, where he never regained consciousness. Medical personal diagnosed Kirkham as having suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which eventually led to his death.
Rest in peace.