Former Edmonton UFC fighter Tim Hague dies following boxing match

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A former UFC fighter from Alberta has died following a boxing match in Edmonton Friday. Hague remained out on the canvas for several minutes before eventually leaving the ring while Braidwood was being interviewed.

Hague's mixed martial arts career began in 2006 where he held the King of the Cage Canada's heavyweight title.

Hague had taken serious punishment in the contest, having been knocked down twice in the first round before the ultimate fight-ending knockout in the second.

Sportsnet reported Saturday that Hague had undergone surgery to relieve pressure around his brain and is in a coma.

Jackie Neil said in a brief emailed statement on Saturday that her brother, Tim Hague, is in critical condition. According to various reports, Hague was clearly not right backstage and was rushed to the hospital.

"Tim remains in critical condition. We are all with him".

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'Tim is now in a coma.

Neil said in her statement that Hague's immediate family is now with him, and that they are asking for prayers and privacy at this bad and hard time.

The tragedy has happened only a months before Conor McGregor swaps UFC for boxing when he fights Floyd Mayweather. His last UFC event was a Fight Night show in January 2011 and his final pro MMA fight was in July 2016.

Too tough for his own good, Hague nearly took on a bareknuckle boxing bout in the United Kingdom a few months later in 2016, but instead agreed to an MMA fight in Russian Federation and was TKO'd by a head kick in just 33 seconds.

Hague spent years working as a schoolteacher before turning to MMA.

Unfortunately, the 34-year old passed away Sunday.

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