Texas-based fighter Sam Vasquez, 35, died Friday night in an area hospice from conditions likely resulting from his knockout loss at the hands of Vince Libardi on October 20 at Houston’s Toyota Center. Vasquez, who suffered a stroke after the fight and underwent several surgeries aimed at removing blood clots from his brain, leaves behind a wife and a seven-year-old son.
According to reports, Vasquez lost consciousness after absorbing several hard punches in the third round of his bout. He collapsed in the ring and was attended to by EMT’s, then rushed to the Critical Care unit at Houston’s St. Joseph’s hospital.
Vasquez was later transferred to a hospice, where Harris County Medical Examiners confirmed he died Friday night.
Vasquez’s death marks the first casualty in a sanctioned mixed martial arts bout. Concerns about his health before the bout have surfaced, but he was licensed to participate in the bout, which was promoted by noted MMA trainer Saul Soliz.
No official cause of death has been announced as of yet.