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Brazilian amateur MMA fighter dies from head injury

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On this day, a year ago, we covered the tragic death of Lucas Gabriel Peres.

Unfortunately, there have been several similar stories this year in addition to the article published on this day last year.

In March, MMA fighter Christian Lubenga died just two days after making his debut. And in an article published last week, his widow spoke out about the risks of the fighting.

In June there was the dark story of boxer Simiso Buthelezi, who died shortly after a boxing match where he was seen throwing punches in what was a deeply disturbing video. The same week, we reported on a teenage boxer who died shortly after competing in an amateur tournament.

In July, we covered the death of an Indian fighter following a knockout loss in a kickboxing match. And just last month there was the story of a teenage Nigerian boxer who died following a tough training session.

Below, we revisit a similar story from last year regarding Lucas Gabriel Peres.

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Headline: Amateur Brazilian MMA fighter dies of head injury

Author: Doug Murray

A Brazilian amateur MMA fighter named Lucas Gabriel Peres has sadly passed away after sustaining a head injury in a fight he had on 9/11.

According to a Brazilian media called G1, the 22-year-old lost his life and the death certificate lists head trauma as the cause of death. After his fight, Peres complained of headaches just hours after his fight. Worried family members decided to take him to hospital in Campo Mourao, Brazil.

As the amateur fighter’s condition deteriorated, he was transferred to another hospital. After he was pronounced dead on Saturday, local medical authorities decided to investigate the death further.

As of this writing, the combat sports entity that hosted the fight has yet to comment on the tragic death of Lucas Gabriel Peres. Since combat sports have existed, there have not been many deaths directly caused by trauma suffered inside the MMA cage.

In an effort to draw attention to this frightening issue, World Rugby medical adviser Dr Barry O’Driscoll has shared his thoughts on head trauma suffered in full contact sports. In addition, he also expressed his wish that the necessary changes take effect for the safety of athletes around the world.

“We’ve all known over the past few years the worries about head injuries and the worries about minor head injuries and mild concussions.” said Dr. Barry O’Driscoll.

“And yet, here we see people rendered incapacitated by being hit on the head. What kind of world do we live in?” O’Driscoll said.

With the recent loss of Peres due to a traumatic brain injury, more attention will definitely be given to the fighter’s safety after a respective bout. The MMA rules committee will assess the safety of the oblique kick, and perhaps also address the issue of head trauma. Unfortunately, these tragedies also happen in boxing and fans often forget after time. However, head injuries and safety remain among the toughest issues in MMA today.

Do you think changes need to happen in MMA to protect fighters from head injuries?

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