Former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague (21-13-0) passed away June 18 in a after a suffering a brain hemorrhage after a June 16 KO Boxing 79 bout with Adam Braidwood at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.
Hague, a former CFL player and kindergarten teacher, was knocked down several times in the bout, but convinced the referee that he could continue before a second-round TKO two minutes into the second round.
Hague later succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital.
A GoFundMe account to pay Hague’s funeral expenses exceeded it’s $30,000 USD goal as of this writing.
Hague was 34. He is survived by his nine-year-old son Brady.
With several stints in the UFC, Hague left the organization with a 1-4-0 record. His lone victory was a submission win over Pat Barry at UFC 98. Previously, Hague was the King of the Cage heavyweight champion.
Interviewed by CTV News, Braidwood emotionally expressed his condolences to Hague and his family.
“I was like it’s time to stop this fight,” Braidwood explained in the interview. “I was hoping Tim would stop it himself and I was like if he doesn’t, then we have to finish it until it’s done. It’s nobody’s fault. It’s not the ref’s fault. The ref asked if you’re conscious and collected and you have your stuff together … I saw the video. Tim was still there and he said he wanted to keep fighting and that’s what happened.
“And that’s just the truth man.”
Hague’s death has generated considerable debate in the combat sports community, with many expressing the fight should have been stopped earlier.
— ern.s3 (@ErnestSIII) June 19, 2017
Rest In Peace to Tim Hague.
His tragic death should be a massive call to action for all commissions to put fighter safety first.
— MiddleEasy (@MiddleEasy) June 18, 2017
The City of Edmonton’s Combative Sports Commission and its executive director Pat Reid said a third-party-review will be done, after which, next steps will be determined.
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) June 19, 2017
The UFC posted a tribute to Hague on its website.
“The UFC sends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague, who passed away on Sunday. He was 34.
One of Canada’s top heavyweights for several years, Edmonton’s Hague had two stints in the UFC in 2009-10 and in 2011. His first run was highlighted by a first-round submission win over Pat Barry at UFC 98 that earned “The Thrashing Machine” a fan following not just for his fighting, but for his affable personality and his former day job as a kindergarten teacher.
His final MMA record was 21-13.”
Hague’s sister Jackie Neil thanked the fans for their support on her Facebook page:
“Folks…..it has been amazing, heartwarming, and heart breaking all at the same time to see how Tim touched so many people. Our family was talking today how we had NO idea how deep the ripples go.
Ian and I have had messeges pour in from all over Canada. I’ve had media requests from all over Canada as well.
It’s so overwhelming, yet we love hearing all the stories about Tim.