Amateur mixed martial artist Tyrone Mims died Saturday night
following a bout in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
According to a report in The Post and Courier, a Charleston,
S.C.-based newspaper, Mims began having problems backstage
following a loss to Blake Poore. Mims was taken from the Shrine
Temple, the venue for the event, to the Medical University Hospital
once he became unresponsive.
Mims, a 30-year-old native of Augusta, Ga., was pronounced dead at
9:27 p.m. ET. The cause of death is currently unknown. The Post and
Courier reports that an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
“Conflict MMA Promotions: Fight Night at the Point VI,” was to have
included 14 bouts, but according to the promotion’s Facebook page,
the event was canceled shortly after Mims’ fight, which was the
second matchup of the evening. The online stream of the fight card
was also stopped.
Mims was part of an online reality series called Georgia Boys
Grits-n-Glory, which partnered with the event promoters to produce
Saturday’s online stream.
“One of the fighters, who happened to be our own Tyrone ‘Teesta’
Mims, was fatally injured tonight, possibly as a result of his
fight,” read a statement on the Georgia Boys Grits-n-Glory Facebook
page. “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. We apologize for the inconvenience and
hope you'll understand as we deal with the gravity of the
situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with ‘Teesta’ and his
immediate family, which include his five children. We will do
anything in our power to assist his family in their time of need
and ask all of our fans for their prayers and support.”
It was the second death for a fighter following an MMA bout in
South Carolina. In 2010, amateur fighter Michael Kirkham died from
a brain hemorrhage after a knockout loss at Dash Entertainment/King
MMA “Confrontation at the Convocation Center” in Aiken, S.C.
Saturday’s event was regulated by the South Carolina Athletic
Commission, which requires a complete physical, blood work for HIV
and Hepatitis and an ophthalmological exam for those who wish to
compete in MMA and boxing events. An additional examination by a
ringside physician on the day of the event is also mandatory.