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« on: December 01, 2007, 09:29:15 PM »

TEXAS FIGHTER DIES

 
Sammy Vasquez, 35, Becomes MMA’s First Documented Fatality

By Anthony Armstrong

The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed today that Sammy Vasquez, a 35-year-old mixed martial artist from Houston, Texas, died on Friday, Nov. 30. Vasquez’s death appears to be the first documented fatality resulting from a regulated MMA fight.


Vasquez (1-2) suffered a third-round knockout loss to Vince Libardi during a Renegades Extreme Fighting bout on Oct. 20 at Houston’s Toyota Center. After the fight, Vasquez was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit, where he began a 47-day struggle.

The official cause of Vasquez’s death has not been released, pending a determination from the medical examiner.

During his hospitalization, Vasquez’s wife, Sandra, is believed to have documented his status on a public comment board at TXMMA.com. She reportedly wrote that Vasquez underwent surgery to remove a blood clot that was not a result of the initial injury. This has led to speculation that Vasquez may have had a pre-existing condition.

According to the comments posted, Vasquez then suffered a second blood clot, fluid on his brain, brain swelling and a massive stroke that induced a coma.

The Vasquez family has not spoken directly to the press.

According to a report by Sherdog.com, Vasquez had been released to an area hospice on Nov. 29. Hospice care is traditionally provided for patients who have been given six months or less to live.

Paul Erickson, owner of TXMMA.com, photographed the event in which Vasquez was injured.

“There was nothing out of the ordinary,” Erickson said. “They scrambled and hit the cage. Sammy stood up and looked a little wobbly. Then he when down again and the referee called the doctor in. It didn’t seem like any was out of the ordinary. Sammy was winded and looked exhausted, but he wasn’t unconscious when they carried him out [on a stretcher]. Everyone was puzzled at the time because no one could tell when or where he was injured.”

Erickson, who has trained in and covered Texas MMA since 1997, also observed that “the cage was properly padded and reinforced, everything was inspected before the fights started, and there were no illegal moves or strikes. This is the frustrating part, in that there’s no easy explanation.”

In the sport’s 14-year history in the United States, there had been no serious life-threatening injuries. The only reported death occurred internationally at a non-regulated event in the Ukraine in 1998 after American Doug Dedge passed out shortly following his bout. Following his death, unsubstantiated reports claimed Dedge had a pre-existing medical condition.

In a previous interview, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation representative Greg Alvarez said the TDLR was monitoring Vasquez’s condition closely. “If Sammy’s condition takes a turn for the worse,” Alvarez said, “we will investigate [the incident] further.”

Alvarez had also stated that TDLR ensured all of the regulations, licensing and safety checklists were adhered to but had been reluctant to talk about the night Vasquez was critically injured.

Renegades Extreme Fighting is owned and promoted by Saul Soliz, a longtime striking coach to Tito Ortiz and Ricco Rodriguez and well respected figure in the MMA community. Renegades has held 23 events to date. Soliz has not returned repeated calls for comment.

In her last purported TXMMA.com posting on Nov. 17, Vasquez’s wife stated, “I do not hold anyone responsible for what has happened, and I know in my heart that Sammy doesn’t either ... Please do not speculate as to what, when, where, who or how. It’s part of life, things happen.”

Vasquez is survived by his wife, Sandra, and 7-year-old son.


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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007, 10:50:31 PM »

I can't help but bet get the feeling that in the event of a string of fatalitys,MMA (being a relatively new sport) would be subject to a shit load of rules changes by separate state commissions if senators and other political types start screaming about how barbaric it is.....


and if (or when) it happens in the UFC or M-1 expect to start seeing some seriously early stoppages !
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007, 10:53:08 PM »

I can't help but bet get the feeling that in the event of a string of fatalitys,MMA (being a relatively new sport) would be subject to a shit load of rules changes by separate state commissions if senators and other political types start screaming about how barbaric it is.....


and if (or when) it happens in the UFC or M-1 expect to start seeing some seriously early stoppages !

I agree with you. They stop them early enough anyway. Boxing is more dangerous long term when you take punches for 12 rounds, but the general public won't see it that way.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2007, 11:12:23 PM »

I agree with you. They stop them early enough anyway. Boxing is more dangerous long term when you take punches for 12 rounds, but the general public won't see it that way.

the only reason why title fights in boxing went from 15 to 12 is because the fight that doo koo kim died as a result of was televised one saturday afternoon .

if that fight's not televised and rehashed in the media over and over again we'd still probably be lookin at 15 rounders......and the UFC (and MMA in general) is under a hell of a lot more scrutiny than boxing ever was.
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2007, 07:14:10 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2007, 09:17:32 PM »

Interesting to see how much media play this gets, being that it was a small local event. Also, interesting to see if Dana White has any comment on this.

Whenever you're dealing with a sport that permits blows/hits to the head, brain trauma and resultant seizures are risks. For anyone to deny that this could happen in the UFC, IFL, or EliteXC is just blowing smoke.

This is the type of incident that, had it occurred in the UFC, could mark the beginning of the end of legalized MMA.

I say this, recognizing for the most part, that liberal pansies posing as libertarians, run most sports departments.
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2007, 09:28:02 PM »

Also, interesting to see if Dana White has any comment on this.



I'd be absolutley astounded if dana had anything say about this,he have every reason in the world to keep this as far away from his door step as possible
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2007, 10:16:16 PM »

I'd be absolutley astounded if dana had anything say about this,he have every reason in the world to keep this as far away from his door step as possible
I agree, UFC wants this nowhere near them.
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2007, 11:27:31 PM »

Interesting to see how much media play this gets, being that it was a small local event. Also, interesting to see if Dana White has any comment on this.

Whenever you're dealing with a sport that permits blows/hits to the head, brain trauma and resultant seizures are risks. For anyone to deny that this could happen in the UFC, IFL, or EliteXC is just blowing smoke.



I was reading a thread about this on Sherdog. Apparently, someone who saw the fight said he got slammed on his head and neck, and landed awkwardly.

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2007, 07:36:50 PM »

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