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LFA fighter’s heart stopped during fight: ‘I died in the cage tonight’

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LFA fighter C.J. Hancock says his heart stopped and he suffered kidney failure during a fight on the weekend.

Mike Jackson, LFA

A very scary incident took place in the Legacy Fighting Alliance cage over the weekend when competitor C.J. Hancock apparently had his heart stop and suffered kidney failure in the middle of a fight. According to Hancock, his heart stopped twice and he was revived by paramedics on scene at the Houston event.

He explained the situation in a Facebook post, where he said he wasn’t sure how or why it happened but he did have a difficult weight cut:

Later in another Facebook post, he said that he was given eight bags of saline to get back to 206 pounds, and the incident occurred due to severe dehydration. The fight took place at welterweight (170 pounds).

Ed Soares, CFO of LFA, issued a statement about the incident (via MMA Fighting):

“It's a very unfortunate situation where C.J. Hancock took a body kick during his fight. After the kick landed, there was a few second delay, and then he collapsed in the cage.

“Our cutman David Maldonado immediately recognized the problem and signaled to the medical team sitting cageside. They were able to resuscitate and stabilize C.J. and took him to the hospital via ambulance where they determined he had suffered kidney failure. C.J. is currently recovering and in the company of his friends and family”

32-year-old Hancock (2-2) is a coach at King’s MMA in Houston.