Report: Amateur Fighter Tyrone Mims Dies After MMA Bout in South Carolina


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.

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