As of April 2019, there have been seven documented deaths from sanctioned fights and nine from unregulated fights; however, none had occurred in the largest MMA promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. According to a 2006 research, the risk of injury in MMA is equivalent to that of professional boxing. An additional concern are the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease associated with repeated head trauma.
There have been 7 documented deaths in MMA history. All of these deaths were due to injuries suffered in official UFC events. A further 9 deaths have been reported by news sources or by individuals who either participated in the fights or observed them firsthand. These 12 incidents represent about 1 in 20,000 fights held in America over an approximately 10-year period. The rate of death in MMA appears to be similar to that in professional boxing.
Deaths in combat sports are rare but not unprecedented. In fact, the first known fatality in modern day MMA occurred only five years after the sport's inception. Brazilian fighter Marciano "The Pitbull" Evangelista was performing as a heel (opponent) when he attacked and killed a opponent named Ron Lyle during a match in Rio de Janeiro on November 5, 1990. This incident led to the banning of grappling in mixed martial arts in the Netherlands.
Since then, no more deaths have been reported in MMA competitions that were organized by national athletic commissions.
However, there have been a number of MMA deaths throughout the sport's history, and every time a fighter enters an octagon or ring, there is a risk they may perish. We looked examined boxing deaths in our post Boxing Deaths. We concentrated on the pitch and field in Rugby Deaths and Football Deaths. But we also have statistics for other sports such as Baseball, American football and so on.
There have been a total of 14 deaths in MMA history. Of these, three occurred in professional bouts and eleven in amateur contests. The first death in MMA history took place in 1997 when Paul Herrera lost to Matt Hume at an event called UFC 1. Herrera was only 28 years old at the time of his death. He suffered brain damage due to a kick to the head and was taken off life support several days later.
The second death in MMA history took place in 1999 at an event called PRIDE FC: Chaos in Tokyo. Nobuhiko Takada died from heart failure while defending his Light Heavyweight Championship against Tatsuya Kawajiri. This makes him the first and only person to die in two different ways during one match.
The third and most recent death in MMA history took place in 2013 at an event called UFC 157. José Aldo was scheduled to fight Conor McGregor but withdrew from the bout due to injury. As a replacement, Chad Mendes stepped in and defeated McGregor by unanimous decision.
A list of deaths caused by boxing injuries
|Date of fight||Name||Nationality|
|29 Sep 2016||Mike Towell||United Kingdom|
|27 May 2017||David Whittom||Canada|
|16 Jun 2017||Tim Hague||Canada|
|24 Feb 2018||Scott Westgarth||United Kingdom|
According to research, mixed martial arts (MMA) is statistically safer than boxing. MMA athletes have been demonstrated to be less likely to sustain injuries that will impair their long-term health. MMA just has a higher risk of face cuts and contusions than boxing. Additionally, boxers are at greater risk for brain injuries than MMA fighters.
Here are some statistics on injuries in both sports:
In 2013, there were only 32 reported deaths during MMA fights. This number includes both male and female fighters and it is below the mortality rate of other combat sports such as wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Meanwhile, over 50% of all boxing fatalities occur before the end of the second round. Nearly 80% of all boxing injuries occur by way of punch to the head. Concussions are very common in boxing and are associated with long-term cognitive problems for many fighters.
MMA has been called "the safest sport in America".
The short answer is "no." There have been no deaths among the Ultimate Fighting Championships contestants. However, there has never been a fatality in the UFC. And this is no doubt owing in part to the stringent safety procedures put in place to safeguard combatants. Menace McClain died during a professional wrestling match in Mississippi in 1999; he was 31 years old.
If you look up "wrestling" on Wikipedia, they mention several other deaths during matches or training sessions. One pro wrestler died from a heart attack at the age of 42 and another from leukemia at the age of 16. There were also some cases of serious injury due to wrestling including two cases of concussion/brain damage and one case of knee ligament rupture.
In addition, several people have died while performing as wrestlers for the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). They include: Roderick Strong (age 29), who died during a workout; and Evan Bourne (age 38), who died after suffering an acute cardiac arrest. Another wrestler, Matt Morgan, suffered two strokes while active on the roster and has not competed since 2013.
Finally, there was a death during a professional wrestling match in Mississippi in 1999. The man who died was named Maze McNair-McClain. He was 31 years old.
The following is a list of deaths caused by boxing injuries. According to estimates from February 1995, "about 500 boxers have died in the ring or as a result of boxing since the Marquess of Queensberry Rules were instituted in 1884." In 1953 alone, 22 boxers perished. Since then the death rate has declined but it is still a dangerous sport.
In terms of percentage mortality, boxing is a relatively safe sport compared with other combat sports such as karate and wrestling. In the United States, approximately 20 people per million become injured during boxing matches, which means that boxing is less risky than other forms of recreational physical activity. In Europe, an estimated 10 people die annually as a result of boxing injuries. In Asia, where boxing is popular, thousands of people participate in the sport without serious injury.
Almost all deaths in boxing are due to injuries resulting from punches to the head. Boxers can be killed by their own punches if they throw them in the wrong place or with too much force. A boxer who wants to maximize his or her career chances would do well to avoid these pitfalls. Also, boxers should take special care not to hit their heads on anything while getting into position for a fight-teaching lesson, warming up, or cooling down. And they should watch out for signs of concussion such as confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizure activity.