An 18-year-old woman died last week during a weight cut ahead of a planned Muay Thai bout.
Jessica Lindsay, a native of Perth, Australia, went for a run Nov. 10 to cut the last few pounds needed to make the 141-pound limit of her amateur bout, which was scheduled to take place Nov. 11 in Perth. She collapsed and was rushed to a local hospital, but passed away four days later. A GoFundMe page created by a personal friend of Lindsay’s family to cover funeral costs detailed the news.
Lindsay was severely dehydrated when she collapsed, per the page. It is thought that the teenager died because of her unsafe approach to extreme weight cutting.
“She was and still is a bright star that touched so many lives,” the close friend wrote on the fundraising page. “She always put other people first and her caring nature and positivity in life will never be forgotten. She was surrounded by family and friends till the end. Her legacy will make a change and stop this from happening to anyone else.”
Though Lindsay, who had trained in Muay Thai for two years, was healthy leading up to the bout, per 9news.com.au, she complained about weight cutting in an Instagram post two days before she collapsed.
“Cutting weight is sick hey,” she wrote (via News.com.au).
The UFC makes its debut in Perth in February with UFC 221.