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Sunday, 08/12/2012, 04:09 pm

Amateur Fighter Dies After Bout

Amateur mixed martial arts fighter Tyrone Mimms, 30, collapsed after his fight ended at ‘Fight Night at the Point 6′ in Mount Pleasant, SC and was taken to the hospital.

According to several reports including one from, Mimms was unresponsive after EMS workers gave the fighter chest compressions at the scene of the fight.

He was taken to a local hospital and further attempts to revive Mims were unsuccessful. Mimms was pronounced dead at 9:27pm ET.

Mimms was originally from Augusta, GA and was the second fight on the 14-bout card taking place in South Carolina. The event was actually being streamed online, but was taken down after the events surrounding Mimms’ death.

“One of the fighters, who happened to be our own Tyrone “Teesta ” Mimms, was fatally injured tonight, possibly as a result of his fight. The promoters and the South Carolina Fight Commission consulted with the fighters and all involved and decided as a result of the death of one of their own we should call off the rest of the fights. The promoters and the Athletic Commission did everything in their power according to protocol and this accident was beyond their control,” read a statement from Georgia Boy’s Grits and Glory via Facebook, who were streaming the event live online.

An autopsy will be performed on Mimms on Monday.

This is the second death of an MMA fighter in South Carolina since the sport became legal there in 2009. In 2010, Michael Kirkham, 30, also died following his professional debut in the state.

Both events were regulated by the South Carolina State Athletic Commission.



20 Responses to “Amateur Fighter Dies After Bout”

  1. Me says:

    Rest in peace very sad to hear, My wishes are with his friends and family.

  2. B-rad says:

    Yea this is really sad, just goes to show that this is no joke.. We got kids where im from who just woke up a few weeks ago and decided they were MMA fighters, one guy took a fight at a local show 25lbs under weight and had NO expierence or training and got crushed, hes very lucky this didnt happen to him.. RIP to this guy

  3. Brend0magic says:

    hopefully it wasn’t from something he sustained in the fight, the media will have a field day.

  4. Some Guy says:

    2nd death in 3 years? It seems like the fighters may not be getting proper training. But, R.I.P.

    • B-rad says:

      it could be, like i said iv seen that a lot guys with zero gym time or anything take fights.. idk if that was this case or not, i wonder if this was his first fight or if he had before. Its never good when something like this happens like one dude said faggots bill o reily and other media will have a field day about that.

  5. stephen riddle says:

    Rip to this dude!:-(

  6. Matt says:

    This is horrible, but no details about the gd fight? Wtf? I understand not wanting to be speculative but some investigative journalism would be nice here. Not one single person on this site is gonna read this and not want to know what went down.

  7. Xaninho says:

    Damn that’s sad. RIP .

  8. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    Weak sauce

  9. CombatRusse says:

    A sad news, condolences to his family.
    Unfortunatly, it happens in combat sports, and even in traditionnal martial arts training. I read a statistic about Judo which is mandatory in japan schools, which causes several deaths among children every year.

    I wonder if there were any death due to fights in the Vale Tudo days

    • Guss says:

      Never of any back then. But then again media wasn’t as rampant as it is now. But compared to boxing, statistically, mma has significantly less deaths in fights. And apart from lack of training being a factor in those few deaths, i would also incl possibly poor officiating.

  10. Xaninho says:

    His unfortunate death doesn’t have to be related to his fight. There are toplevel medically monitored football players dropping on the pitch having heart attacks.

  11. ZC says:

    Sports can be dangerous. Especially sports like MMA, where the physical contact limitation is so minimal.
    Of course there are many other things that could have caused it, without seeing the fight or many details on it, it’s hard to say. Let’s just hope that his death doesn’t go unseen by some of Athletic Comissions, we need better testing for these guys before they go into even an amatuer bout.

    Condolences to his family and loved ones, RIP. He left it all on the mat.

  12. Mr. Rusk says:

    Most deaths from fight related injuries are from brain damage, if the cause of death was indeed a heart attack, he more than likely had a hidden or undiagnosed heart condition. I watched a kid die on the track in 8th grade from a combo of heart condition and caffeine pills. Sympathy to the friends and family.

  13. dante080 says:

    Perhaps the sc athletic admin needs to change their restrictions

  14. charliemurphy says:

    @Xaninho has a point, fabrice muwamba and cassano died on the pitch last year and there screened for heart problems etc and we’re physically in the best shape of there professional lives, I’m not trying to say that he died from a similar thing or that MMA didn’t play a part, but we should remember that any sport has risks but this is a tragedy

    Also if two people in three years have died from this sport maybe the fights aren’t being monitored properly,either way is very sad news and no fan wants to read about a fighter amateur or professional passing away R.I.P Tyrone

  15. Yo says:

    Prayers go out to his family.

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