Anytime an MMA fighter passes away after competing, it becomes big news. The latest, the death of a 35-year-old Canadian named Felix Pablo Elochukwu, was brought up during a press conference to UFC executive Tom Wright.
While the event that Elochuku passed away from was not put on by the UFC, it has obviously caught the attention of everyone in the promotion. Wright took the time Wednesday to address the need for furthering regulation into every state that wants to hold MMA fights.
“What we don’t know is whether or not there were any pre-existing medical conditions that Pablo was suffering from. In a regulated environment, we would have known that,” Wright stated. “We also don’t know if the referees were properly trained. We don’t know whether or not there were the appropriate EMTs and ambulances and medical precautions in place. We don’t even know if it was a fair fight. Those are kinds of things we would know if the sport had been regulated, if the event had been regulated.”
Wright continued, saying, “it speaks to the importance of regulation in our sport. In the case of an unregulated event, you don’t know whether those things are in place.”
The bout, which took place in Michigan, happened at an unregulated amateur event. It was held at the American Legion Post in Lake Huron.