LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - An amateur mixed martial artist died Saturday following a fight at Hardrock MMA 90 in Louisville.
Donshay White, 37, died after losing to Ricky Muse. The referee stopped the fight in the second round, awarding Muse the victory by technical knockout due to strikes. White collapsed in the backstage area after the fight, BluegrassMMA reports. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Donald Neace, who owns Viper Pit MMA in Hazard, said he was just feet away from White when he collapsed.
"To see a fighter that was just in there, seemed like to be a healthy guy and then the next thing you know he's laying there dead, it's pretty traumatic," said Donald Neace, Owner, Viper Pit MMA.
Neace said from his perspective, everything was done to help White, emergency personnel were immediately on scene and started trying to help him.
"I was literally two feet away from what was going on, everything was being done from the time he was in the cage to the time he left the cage," said Neace.
White was only the fifth person in the world, Neace said, to die from MMA fighting.
Hardrock MMA officials released the following statement on their Facebook page:
Hardrock MMA joins the entire MMA community in mourning Donshay White. As a promotion who has put together 89 events over the last 8 years without incident, we always have and we will continue to put our fighters safety above all else. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
Later on in the night, Kentucky Boxing and Wrestiing Commission officials canceled the event after no medical personnel were left to attend to fighters.
KBWC officials released this statement Sunday:
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Donshay White following his passing on Saturday.
Mr. White was attended to by a licensed ringside physician and first responders immediately following his bout, and he received onsite medical attention before being transported via ambulance to the hospital.
The health and safety of Kentucky’s combat sports athletes is the highest priority of the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission, and the commission is reviewing all of the details surrounding this tragic event.