UFC fighter Josh Samman is fighting for his life after being found unconscious at his Florida home, where ring announcer Troy Kirkingburg was found dead.
The 28 year old UFC fighter is in a critical condition in hospital after an undisclosed incident at his home.
The UFC was aware of Samman’s hospitalisation and has since been in touch with his management team.
However, the details of the incident which took place early on Friday are yet to be released by the authorities, although it is thought that Samman is in a coma.
The MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) community is in shock at the news.
Sky Rudloe, 36, a fellow MMA fighter and owner of a gym where Samman worked out, commented: “There are so many people in town here who were inspired to get into this sport because of Josh.
“We are just sitting here with held breath hoping for the best and praying. It kind of hit us all right in the teeth.
“There’s not enough good stuff to say about the both of them.
“He (Samman) is a tough guy, he fights through things. We are all hoping he comes through.”
Tampa ringside announcer Christopher J. Rothstein posted updates about Samman’s health on Saturday. He said he was on a respirator.
Rothstein wrote: “Been kind of numb since yesterday when I heard the news.
“Hard to think about the situation without tears coming to my eyes.”
An obituary for Kirkingburg was published in a local Michigan paper over the weekend.
It read: “Troy was a big dreamer who positively impacted all the lives of people he knew and loved, and he will be forever remembered by his family, friends and his beloved fiancé.”
Kirkingburg’s fiance, local CBS news anchor Charlene Cristobal, said his death had left their families in mourning.