The inside of the Civic Center where the fights took place seem to make it clear this was not an ultra "small time" operation. Photo via www.visitrapidcity.com
A few weeks ago, we reported the sad news that Dustin Jensen, a regional MMA fighter out of South Dakota died not long after his May 18 bout for the South Dakota RingWars promotion. Shortly after submitting to a triangle choke midway through the first round, Jensen suffered a seizure and was immediately rushed to the hospital. The doctors induced a coma and attempted to relieve the pressure on the brain. Despite their best efforts Dustin Jensen passed away on May 25.
RapidCityJournal.com is now reporting that Jensen's tragic death was not related to his fight:
The autopsy indicated the cause of death was a subdural hemorrhage resulting from blunt force trauma to the head. A subdural hemorrhage is a collection of blood on the surface of the brain and often causes brain injury and death.
The cause was related to an injury about a week earlier, according to the autopsy. The Sheriff's Office said there is no conclusive evidence the injury was sustained in the fight.
This was Jensen's 5th amateur fight within a year of beginning his training. That's an extremely active schedule for someone with such little experience. Additionally, South Dakota does not have a commission in place for MMA oversight and it doesn't look like it will be getting one soon. According to the Rapid City Journal article, South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard believes "a commission would lead to more fights and therefore more injuries and deaths."
Update: A local ABC affiliate paints a clearer picture of the autopsy results:
According to a news release, the autopsy indicated the cause of death was a subdural hemorrhage, due to blunt force trauma to the head, that was related to an injury approximately a week prior.
Although the timeline for the injury is consistent with the event on May 18, 2012, there is no conclusive evidence that the injury was sustained in the fight.
HT: BE reader Stephen Koepfer
Check the jump for the Dustin Jenson vs. Hayden Hensrud fight video.