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Call for changes after boxer Davey Browne’s death

Davey Browne's death was preventable

A coroner has suggested significant changes to the way combat sports are administered in New South Wales after finding that the 2015 death of the boxer Davey Browne was preventable.

Browne, 28, died three days after he was knocked out by the Filipino fighter Carlo Magali in the 12th round of the International Boxing Federation Pan Pacific super featherweight title fight at Ingleburn RSL, NSW.

The deputy state coroner Teresa O’Sullivan on Thursday found that Browne had died because of a large right acute subdural hematoma, from the final blow he sustained in that fight, owing to his “impaired condition” going into the final round, which “diminished his ability to defend himself or control his head movements”.

Last May the inquest into Browne’s death sought to determine how and when the injury that caused his death was sustained, and if the referee, doctor, trainer or government inspectors present during the fight on 11 September 2015 should have interfered to either assess Browne’s ability to continue or to stop the fight. The inquest also examined which rules were in place during the fight and the contestants’ understanding of those rules.

In her findings, the coroner said: “It was a striking feature of the evidence that many witnesses did not know which rules applied to this contest, and had a flawed understanding of the rules … It should not be left to those participating in a boxing contest to work out which rules apply.”

She recommended that the minister for sport consider revising the legislation to provide a “comprehensive set of rules to govern all boxing contests in NSW”, and whether the obligations on attending medical practitioners, or ringside doctors, should be amended to better protect the health and safety of combat sport participants.

Throughout the investigation, the coroner heard evidence from the Browne family, including Davey’s wife, Amy Lavelle, his father, David, and his brother Tommy, as well as the ringside doctor, Dr. Lawrence Noonan, the referee, Charlie Lucas, and government inspectors present on the night of the fight.

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In her findings, the coroner said criticism of the ringside doctor, Noonan, for failing to examine Browne during the break between rounds 11 and 12 of the fight was justified. She also said that the “limited understanding” Noonan shown of his role as a ringside doctor, “especially the role to examine a boxer during a boxing contest, calls for better clarity in the rules and training.”

The coroner recommended that the NSW Office of Sport continue to develop training for registered industry participants in the identification, significance and risk associated with serious concussion, as well as implementing an accreditation process to safeguard every relevant industry participant and ringside doctor completes such training at least annually.

She also recommended significant adjustments to the official combat sports rules, including that a ringside doctor must examine a combatant during a fight after a knockdown caused by a blow to the head, or on suspicion of concussion. Sign up at WagerWeb.ag.

Russia’s entire 2014 World Cup under investigation

Russia’s entire 2014 World Cup under investigation

Russia is at the center of yet another doping scandal, after it was revealed that the country’s entire 23-man squad from the 2014 World Cup is being inquired by FIFA over possible drugs offences. Russia, currently hosting the Confederations Cup and in under a year will stage the World Cup but these allegations are likely to throw its suitability to stage such events into serious doubt.

The 23-man squad, who were eliminated in the group stages of the Brazil World Cup three years ago, are among 34 Russian players being investigated by soccer’s world governing body. Five of the 23 players tested in 2014 are members of the squad that was knocked out of the Confederations Cup on Saturday.

The state-sponsored doping and cover-up in Russia are well known but this is the first time top-level soccer players in the country have been placed under investigation, although there is no proof still of any anti-doping violations. However, a report by the Mail on Sunday alleged the players were among 1,000 “people of interest” to the officials charged with establishing where the tentacles of Russia’s doping racket extended.

It is understood FIFA has detailed evidence and intelligence. It is likely to face pressure to act on whatever evidence it has. Dick Pound, a former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), confirms: “There is a huge obligation on FIFA to reach a sensible conclusion on these matters before the World Cup takes place. It is incumbent on them to say what steps they are taking, what they find, and take whatever action necessary to protect the integrity of sport. Even within a governing body with as little credibility remaining as FIFA, if you were a senior official you wouldn’t want to be part of a body that ignores this.”

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“There has been an institutional denial of doping in soccer for years… I’ve seen too many presentations by FIFA, straight out of fantasy land, about how they don’t have a problem. They absolutely have to take this case seriously.”

The new accusations follow the publication of two reports commissioned by WADA and authored by the Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. It found at least 1,000 people were assisted by what McLaren described as an “institutionalized manipulation of the doping control process in Russia”.

More than 200 of those are believed to have competed in athletics with 13 other sports having competitors in at least double figures being implicated and several cases in other sports. Sign up at WagerWeb.ag.

Chris Paul is a free agent now

Chris Paul is a free agent now

Minutes after Blake Griffin informed the Los Angeles Clippers he was opting out of the final year of his contract on Friday, Chris Paul did the same.

The reason for their choices is simple. Both players signed max contracts under the old CBA, and the recent influx of cash via the NBA’s new television deals means they can sign much wealthier contracts by opting out this summer.

As the president of the players’ association, CP3 was a big part of negotiating for the right of older players such as himself to remain eligible for so-called “super-max” contracts.

Such a deal would pay Paul upwards of $200 million over five years, while any other team can offer a maximum of four years at approximately $150 million. Paul would have to give up quite a bit in potential earnings to abandon the Clippers.

On the other hand, his letdown to reach the conference finals, let alone the NBA Finals, defines his career ever further with each season. Paul could decide that money isn’t worth giving up on a ring — or passing on an opportunity for a fresh start with teammates who enjoy his company.

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Here are the five teams that could make a play for Paul this offseason.

  1. New York Knicks

Even though Phil Jackson has become an expert at alienating his stars, and both Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis could be gone soon, he would like the chance to play in the Big Apple. Chances are short, but the Knicks are still going to try.

  1. New Orleans Pelicans

Back in the day he, DeMarcus Cousins, and Anthony Davis would form a scary Big Three. Paul’s arrival to the Pelicans would help guarantee that Boogie re-signs with New Orleans next summer. However, the Pels are a few years away from becoming a real title contender even with CP3 in town. They’d still need shooting and a coaching upgrade, perhaps. More importantly, they’d have to contend with that superteam by the Bay in Oakland.

  1. Houston Rockets

James Harden just had the best season of his career playing point guard for Mike D’Antoni, and the Rockets reportedly would love to sign Paul as a free agent. There is caveat here though: Houston would need to clear a ton of cap space to sign a max-contract superstar, as is the case with the Rockets’ reported interest in Blake Griffin as well.

  1. San Antonio Spurs

If this is the case, it could be the precursor to a San Antonio superteam. Let’s say CP3 joins up with Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich this offseason, spending the 2017-18 campaign acquainting himself with Pop’s schemes. When LaMarcus Aldridge becomes a free agent in the summer of 2018, the Spurs let him go, make a few moves to clear some more space, then sign LeBron James as he flees Cleveland for the safe harbor of a stable organization. This may be the only way Paul leaving the Clippers to make sense. None of his other options get him any closer to an NBA Finals better than he is with Los Angeles.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers

Stability, a whole lot of money. Jerry West. LA. The Clippers can offer all this and more to the best player in franchise history. The question is whether it will be enough. However, the forecast here is that CP3 is going to the Clippers for next season.

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Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy triumph

Pakistan's ICC Champions Trophy triumph

Pakistan’s Champions Trophy victory could boost Pakistan cricket and inspire the world’s top cricket teams to recommence touring the country, Captain Sarfraz Ahmed says. There has not been an international competition in Pakistan since an attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus killed six policemen and injured seven cricketers in 2009. A World XI is scheduled to tour the country in September for three Twenty20 games.

The huge underdogs’ Champions Trophy win must be among sport’s biggest shocks in recent times. Pakistan cricket team beat arch-rivals India by 180 runs in a one-sided final at The Oval.

Pakistan’s thrilling victory was set up by Fakhar Zaman’s century and a three-wicket burst from opening bowler Mohammad Amir. The team had struggled in the last few years and had going into the tournament as the eighth-ranked nation, out of eight teams.

‘Big-game player’ Amir received a five-year ban from all cricket and served three months in prison following a conviction for spot-fixing in 2010. Amir removed Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. India never recovered, and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur revealed it was all part of a plan. Changes in personnel, a positive approach, aggression and a never-say-die attitude replaced negativity, self-doubt, confusing tactics and a timid approach.

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They made it to the semi-finals which was unexpected. What followed in the next two games were two of the most flawless performances Pakistan has ever compiled in the 50-over format. India was shocked and did not know what hit them. Even Pakistani fans were looking on in disbelief when Sarfraz Ahmed lifted the trophy. The Pakistani cricket team had once again given their fans the full range of emotions in a tournament. Back in Pakistan, fans took to the streets and waited for the Men in Green to arrive.

The win ensure that teens in Pakistan have plenty of role-models and cricketers who they can idolize. Tournament wins create interest in cricket, players doing well ensure that more young people want to play and that is precisely what Pakistan cricket needs.

Empty arenas in domestic matches need to be replaced by crowds turning up in strong numbers. Investment from the Champions Trophy win should be made in school-level cricket which is largely being ignored. In addition, facilities at stadiums in Pakistan need to be improved and a portion of the winning funds need to be endorsed to better amenities at those venues. The Champions Trophy win gives the sponsors in Pakistan cricket an idyllic opportunity to revitalize the game and invest in much-needed areas. Sign up at WagerWeb.ag.

Mayweather Vs. McGregor: info to keep in mind

Mayweather Vs. McGregor: info to keep in mind

Mayweather Vs. McGregor: info to keep in mind.

Next August, in what many are calling the best fight in American history, Floyd Mayweather will take on Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Many did not think this fight would ever happen. McGregor called out his interest back in July of 2015, and the details were just finalized in late spring 2017. The fight is scheduled for Saturday night, August 26th, 2017 and tickets are certainly going fast for this. Now that the fight has been announced, the public seems to like the MMA star who is making his pro debut against the best boxer of his era.

Both men will have their different reasons to get into this, but the huge sum of money both fighters are going to make will be a considerable motivation. It’s estimated that the two could earn as much as $100 million from the bout, although it’s generally accepted Mayweather will receive a greater share of the fight purse given his superior reputation as a professional boxer.

Both fighters have, arguably, achieved all they can in their respective disciplines.

In January 2016 Mayweather insisted he would only return from retirement to fight with McGregor.

“Only thing I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said.  “I’m a businessman, and it makes business sense. I believe in what me and [adviser] Al Haymon talk about every day.”

There is no official belt in dispute. This is purely an exhibition match for the entertainment of fight fans, as well as for the benefit of both fighters’ swollen bank accounts.

While Mayweather has nothing left to prove in the world of boxing, the fight is McGregor’s chance to prove he is the best all-round fighter in combat sports. The prospect of seeing the UFC icon toppling the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the modern era is going to get people interested.

Showtime Sports control the rights to broadcast the fight, however the cost of buying the fight on pay-per-view is yet to be revealed.

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Raw Data

Floyd Mayweather is 40 years old. He has 26 KO’s in his fighting career, and has won 49 straight bouts without a loss. He is just 5’8”, but his 72-inch reach and strong frame make him as tough as anyone. Mayweather has made nearly $1.4 billion from fighting.

Conor McGregor is known by many as the toughest fighter in MMA. He is just 28 years old. Standing at 5’9”, he has a 74-inch reach. He has also fared quite well in fighting, earning nearly $35 million. McGregor is 2-1 in MMA, and has 18 knockouts.

What are the betting odds?

Expectedly the undefeated, multiple world title-winning professional boxer Mayweather is the favorite to win the fight. However, punters are hopeful that McGregor can perform one of the biggest upsets in sport, with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power reporting 92% of the bets placed for this event are backing a McGregor victory so far.

Floyd Mayweather win by points: 4/6

Floyd Mayweather win by KO or TKO: 7/4

Conor McGregor win by points: 40/1

Conor McGregor win by KO or TKO: 7/1

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The best NFL prospects in CFL

The best NFL prospects in CFL

The Canadian Football League regular season started on June 22nd, reminding USA fans that their own local league is coming soon.

There is a group of Canadian prospective NFL players, recently updated in different media. These are the names you should remember.

Bryan Burnham, WR, BC Lions

College: Tulsa

Some CFL observers were sure thatBurnham, 27, would find an NFL job in 2017. He had at least one workout, with the Philadelphia Eagles, but ultimately returned to British Columbia. A nontraditional 6-foot-2 slot receiver, Burnham caught 79 passes for 1,392 yards in his breakout 2016 season.

DaVaris Daniels, WR, Calgary Stampeders

College: Notre Dame

Daniels had a high-profile career and parting from Notre Dame and was unable to stay with the Minnesota Vikings or New England Patriots, both of whom took offseason looks at the receiver in 2016. But he had a fruitful 2016 season with the Stampeders, catching 51 passes for 885 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games, and then caught another seven passes for a game-high 89 yards in the Grey Cup. He got back to Calgary for 2017, but the NFL has not closed its book on him yet.

Chris Rainey, RB, BC Lions

College: Florida

Although Rainey turned 29 this spring and it’ss been four years since he last attracted significant NFL interest, he had a nice season in 2016 for British Columbia, and he could be of use to an NFL team as a returner. He averaged 13.9 yards on 68 punt returns, including two he brought back for touchdowns, and 23.4 yards on 58 kickoff returns.

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Emanuel Davis, CB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

College: East Carolina

Davis had five interceptions during each of the past two seasons; in 2016 he did it in spite of two broken fingers. He turns 28 in August, and at 5-foot-10 he doesn’t have the height NFL teams are looking for at cornerback these days. But his resolve and playmaking skills have kept him on the NFL’s radar.

Duron Carter, WR, Saskatchewan Roughriders

College: Florida Atlantic

Duron Carter, son of NFL Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, was unable to make the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 after an extended tryout. He also had a rough 2016 in Montreal off the field, pushing an opposing coach during one game and later getting into a fiery altercation with quarterback Rakeem Cato. But he has always been highly productive, having caught 185 passes for 2,877 yards and 17 touchdowns in 40 CFL games. It’s not time to end Carter’s NFL story quite yet.

Kevin Fogg, DB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

College: Liberty

After a strong season in 2016 as a tackler (79) and playmaker (four interceptions/14.2-yard average on punt returns), Fogg at least put himself back on the NFL radar as a special-teams player. He formerly spent time with the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014.

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Aaron Pico to fight veteran in MMA debut

Aaron Pico to fight veteran in MMA debut

“This is the No. 1 prospect in the history of MMA,” has said Chael Sonnen, who will headline Bellator: NYC opposite to Wanderlei Silva. “I have never seen a guy come in more coveted, more praise around him, more pressure put on him and more anticipation than Aaron Pico. I truly believe not only will he take over the division, he will become the face of the company and the face of the industry.”

Pico will encounter Zach Freeman on the Bellator NYC pay-per-view event June 24 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It’ll be a high-profile first outing. And Freeman is quite an opponent: he’s 8-2, has been a pro for six years and is a former RFA title contender.

While it is technically his pro debut, Pico has a wealth of competition under his belt, including what he estimates to be 50 Pankration matches, amateur MMA since he was 11 years old, 30 amateur boxing matches and a lifetime of wrestling. At 20 years, he is probably the most refined prospect in MMA history.

What else is so special about Aaron Pico?

Three years ago, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker got a call from longtime mixed martial arts manager Bob Cook – he insisted passionately on the need of hiring Pico immediately. Over the next several months, the two sides agreed on a “developmental” contract, which Pico signed in November 2014, eight weeks after his 18th birthday.

The deal provided Pico a monthly stipend and the freedom to make a run at the 2016 U.S. Olympic wrestling team. That run came to an end at the Olympic Trials, when Pico, 20, lost in the finals by a point to Frank Molinaro, who was 27.

The unique business arrangement definitely got the attention of many in the sport, and it might have helped change it. Shortly after the deal was signed, then-UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta got in touch with Cook to complain. After noticing he was incapable of doing anything about it, eventually the UFC created a developmental program on its own.

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Pico started wrestling at 4, and by the time he was 6, he was doing so in national tournaments. He was training heavily in boxing by age 9. When he turned 12, he flew to Japan to train with a future female pro. A couple of years later, he won a junior Golden Gloves tournament in Nevada. At 13, Pico entered the European Pankration Championships, a tournament in Ukraine much like MMA except with no blows to the head.

As a high school freshman, he went 42-0 and won a California state championship. Pico withdrew highs school before what would have been his sophomore year to focus on his fighting career. Most of the next two years was spent abroad, all expenses covered by supporters of U.S. wrestling. After missing the 2016 wrestling Olympic team and an ACL lesion that got him out of rings or mats for a year, he is in full form now.

Was he really worth a Bellator investment at age 18? “I feel confident saying I’m the best prospect of all time, because of the work I’ve put in,” Pico says. “There’s nobody in the world who can spar at Wild Card, then go wrestle at the highest level right after. This is how I’ve been living my entire life, since I was 7 years old. I invite anybody to come try.” Sign up at WagerWeb.ag.

Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid

Spaniard tax prosecutors have accused Cristiano Ronaldo of avoiding £14.7m relating to image rights payments – a charge he denies. Because of this, the former Manchester United winger has told his agent Jorge Mendes he wants to leave Real Madrid after eight years.

Ronaldo, who left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009, shocked the Spanish team when his desire to leave emerged on Friday.

Ronaldo’s management company Gestifute insisted on Thursday that an off-shore company, Tollin – allegedly used to hide a portion of his income from the tax office – has acted in accordance with British and Spanish tax laws.

Ronaldo spoke briefly when following a training session with Portugal on Wednesday, saying he had a “clear conscience”. Ronaldo also expressed his frustration at being booed by his fans at Real.

Los Blancos appeared to completely back him publicly, but privately, it was a little different. Spanish media outlets report the club contact them and requested them not to publish pictures of him in a Real Madrid shirt when covering the charge story.

Man United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are all potential suitors for the Portugal star. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is keen to return to United and has instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to “do everything possible” to secure a return to Manchester United. Last year, Ronaldo also admitted that a move to Major League Soccer would be an easy option for him in the future.

PSG are prepared to offer £122m plus a staggering salary of £26m per year to persuade him to switch to the French capital, to fill the Zlatan Ibrahimovic-shaped hole. There is also interest from an unnamed Chinese club with the mid-season window opening on Monday there; any move would truly put the Chinese Super League on the world map of soccer. It is says they are offering a mega bid of £260m to Real Madrid and more than £87m-a-year.

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Nevertheless, the odds suggest he’s likely to continue at Real. However, there’ll be plenty of twists and turns in this story for weeks to come. To date, Ronaldo has scored 406 goals for Real Madrid in only 394 games, making him the club’s all-time top goal scorer. He secured a new five-year contract last November which means he is contracted to Real until 2021.

Any club that bids to secure Ronaldo would have to spend a lot in terms of transfer fee and wages, with Forbes recently reporting that he crowned the highest-paid athletes list for 2017, based on salary and endorsements.

Even though he is 32, Ronaldo is still one of the fittest players in soccer and his marketing worth means breaking a world record to sign him, would still be lucrative.

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Clarion Gaming announces its inaugural ‘Sports Betting USA’ conference

Clarion Gaming announces its inaugural ‘Sports Betting USA’ conference

Industry corporate events organizer Clarion Gaming has announced the launch of its first ever ‘Sports Betting USA’ conference which will take place this November 14-15 2017 at the Convene in New York City.

This two-day conference will discuss the legislative path to the repeal of PASPA; demystify misconceptions around sports integrity; outline data monetization strategies, fan engagement opportunities and new revenue streams for the rights holders, and present routes to a regulated market for the operators wishing to add this vertical to their offer – all of it positioned at the intersection of sports and gaming.

Clarion occupies a unique position in the sector, providing the full range of services to the entire spectrum of the global industry including exhibitions, conferences, technical training, research and digital information. Their products include the world’s largest gaming technology exhibition, are delivered globally and attract more than 30,000 participants annually in locations spanning every continent. Their New York conference will further detail opinion in how a legalized US market may take form, in terms of regulation and commercial opportunities.

Further discussion will center on US sports consumption, market particulars and misconceptions and identifying revenue streams and stakeholder values, all of it via a whole offer of practical strategies, business networking and expert speakers.

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The agenda for the Sports Betting USA conference has been drafted by Ewa Bakun, Head of Content for Clarion Gaming, who praises on the events ambitions:

“I have been monitoring the evolution of the sports betting discussion in the USA for the last two years waiting for the right moment to offer this conference to the market”, she details in the event’s website. “As this issue has now become a mainstream one, largely due to the effort by the American Gaming Association and the shifting positions of the sports leagues, and as we’re starting to see operators invest to prepare for regulated sports betting through products that are legally viable now, I think our November event will see top level participation from both the sports sector and the gaming industry.”

Sports Betting USA has been also intended as a meeting and educational platform for the sports leagues, team owners and TV networks to learn how regulated sports betting could help their plummeting viewership numbers and to address the concerns around sports integrity.

The event will also bring together gaming operators including land-based casinos, tribes, licensed sports books, both online and land-based from Nevada and European markets, DFS operators, lawmakers, regulators and suppliers to discuss the route to legalization and paths to market, including provisional strategies to create a footprint with sports driven customers now.

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UFC veteran Tim Hague passes away at the age of 34 after boxing knockout

UFC veteran Tim Hague passes away

Tim Hague, a five-fight UFC veteran, died Sunday, June 18th, at the age of 34, two days after suffering a boxing knockout in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The five-fight UFC veteran had been in critical condition after his defeat Friday evening, during the second round, to former football player Adam Braidwood at Shaw Conference Centre. Although Hague had 34 pro MMA fights, his bout with Braidwood was a boxing match for the KO Boxing promotion. He was hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage.

Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed Hague’s demise in a statement published on her Facebook page.

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today. He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him so greatly. We ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

Braidwood knocked Hague down numerous times during the bout, but the referee didn’t call for a finish until one punch left Hague out cold in the second round. Hague was 1-2 as a boxer going into the fight, while Braidwood was 7-1 with six knockouts. The bout was sanctioned by the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC).

Hague, also a school teacher, compiled a 21-13 record in MMA with 15 knockouts and four submissions. He started his MMA career in 2006 and won 10 of his first 11 fights, including his UFC debut – a first-round submission of Pat Barry at UFC 98 in Las Vegas. But that would prove to be his only victory in the promotion.

In his next three fights, he suffered a seven-second knockout loss to Todd Duffee at UFC 102, a majority-decision loss to Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 109 and a unanimous decision loss to Joey Beltran at UFC 113. After this last defeat, he was released from the UFC, but made a quick return on short notice to fight Beltran again. But after that loss, with a 10-4 record overall and 1-3 in the promotion, he was let go again.

He rebounded in 2010 with knockout wins in Edmonton over Zak Jensen and Travis Wiuff, and those were enough to get him invited back to the UFC. However, at the UFC’s second “Fight for the Troops” show in January 2011, he was stopped by Matt Mitrione with a first-round TKO.

After that, Hague remained active in MMA, including fights for King of the Cage in Canada, as well as WSOF. In the past two years, he was just 1-4, and all four losses have come by knockout. His lone success was for Canada’s XFFC promotion in April 2016, for which he beat UFC veteran Kalib Starnes to win the promotion’s heavyweight title.

The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC) released this statement prior to Hague’s passing:

“Following the news that boxer Tim Hague is in critical condition following a professional boxing match on Friday, June 16, 2017, we have extended the request for reports to all referees, ringside judges, physicians, chief inspector, paymaster and the presiding inspectors assigned to the bout. We will determine the next steps following the evaluation of these reports,” the declaration reads.

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Hague, who gave his classes at Ecole Bellevue School, had already announced his retirement indicating that he didn’t want his students to see him this way. According to a CBC article, he accepted the match with Braidwood as the latter was without an opponent just a few weeks out from fight night. School principal Jennifer El-Khatib told CBC News that “support will be available for Hague’s students when they return to class Monday,” and added this statement: “Our hearts are heavy. Mr. Hague was a beloved teacher and staff member. His students loved him and looked up to him, and he was an important part of our school community.”

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