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Michael Kirkham Dies After Pro MMA Debut

MMA Fighting has the disheartening news.

Kirkham, a lightweight nicknamed “Tree” for towering at 6-feet-9, was 30…Kirkham competed on a Dash Entertainment and King MMA co-promoted “Confrontation at the Convocation Center” event at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, a card regulated by the South Carolina Athletic Commission…”Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with his family, other than that I have no comment,” Sam King, a promoter of Saturday’s card, told

(Kirkham) was pronounced dead of a brain hemorrhage Monday morning…Kirkham, who according to his own Facebook page, held an amateur record of 3-3, was taken down early in the fight and lost by referee stoppage from ground and pound strikes. But when he did not regain consciousness, doctors and medics attended to him in the ring and stretchered him out.

Sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. While MMA is a sport, it is still a “combat” sport and unfortunately injuries and on the very rare occasion, death, is not something we can totally escape.