RIP Sam Vasquez 1972-2007
For a long time, promoters, fighters, and people like Dana White have hailed that MMA was a safer sport than boxing and I believe they are right. With considerably fewer head jarring power shots and much shorter fights, MMA fighters like Chuck Liddell have vouched for MMA being considerably safer in a long term sense.
However MMA has just suffered its first casualty in a regulated US match. Sam Vasquez, 35, died from complications after being injured from a KO in a Texas bout with Vince Libardi. Knocked out by a flurry of punches to the chin, Vasquez suffered an acute clot in his brain and later a stroke. People have died playing almost every sport imaginable and with MMA being so huge I think it was only a matter of time until MMA lost a warrior. As a fan of the fight game, I send out my prayers to his family.