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‘Gentle giant’ Tim Hague dies Sunday after Edmonton fighting match

The family of former UFC warrior and warrior Tim Hague pronounced he “fought to a unequivocally end” and upheld divided Sunday after dual days in vicious condition.

“It is with implausible sadness, grief and heartbreak [I] news that Tim has upheld divided today,” his sister Jackie Neil wrote Sunday afternoon.

“He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will skip him… so greatly.

“Tim was a warrior and fought to a unequivocally end,” she added. “He was so strong.”

Hague’s genocide comes as an Olympian and fighting arbitrate questions how a quarrel was rubbed and either it should have been stopped before a knockout punch was thrown.

Hague fought Adam Braidwood during a KO Boxing eventuality during a Shaw Conference Centre on Friday night. KO Boxing pronounced Hague mislaid a quarrel by a knockout.

On Saturday, Hague’s family pronounced he was in sanatorium in vicious condition. On Sunday morning, Neil common an refurbish on Facebook, observant Hague remained in vicious condition in hospital.

“He is receiving a comprehensive best care, and we are so elegant of all a doctors and nurses.”

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Hague was creatively from Boyle, Alta. and fought out of Edmonton. He was a kindergarten clergyman before creation a pierce into churned martial arts, holding a 21-13 record. He eventually fought in a UFC. In 2016, after 10 years in a octagon professionally, a 6’4″, 265-lb. Albertan set his sights on a fighting ring.

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Friend and dilemma male Victor Valimaki was during Friday’s match.

“There was zero different, zero that would have held your eye. He’s a veteran, he’s finished this a ton of times. Unfortunately, infrequently a foe can turn,” he said.

He combined Braidwood is unequivocally dissapoint about what happened and cautioned opposite jumping to conclusions.

“We’re fighters — we knew what he got in for,” Valimaki said. “He did take some repairs — it substantially could have been stopped quicker, though in a feverishness of a moment, when you’re in there, we never know.

“Knowing Tim, a ref is articulate to him saying, ‘Are we OK? Do we wish to keep going?’ and he’s saying, ‘Yes.’ He’s not going to quit. He showed a lot of heart. This is what he desired doing.”

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Valimaki knew Hague for years and lerned with him as well.

“He’s a warrior right to a end, that guy,” Valimaki said. “Braidwood is kind of a tip heavyweight warrior in Canada right now, and we know Tim wanted to plea himself and he begged a promoters for a fight.”

Valimaki says a outrageous proclivity for Hague was his nine-year-old son, Brady.

“I know that’s one of a reasons Tim was holding these fights… he wanted to put some income in a bank for his son, for his future.”

“He was a good dad. That’s what people will indicate out about him… I’m ravaged for his son Brady. we couldn’t even suppose what a family’s going to go through.”

Valimaki pronounced there are early skeleton in a works to start a fundraiser for Brady’s education.


A print of Tim Hague posted on his Facebook page on Jun 15, 2017.

Credit: Facebook/Tim Elh


Alberta MMA warrior and warrior Tim Hague.

Global News

Family says warrior in vicious condition

Edmonton heavyweight Tim Hague poses during during a weigh-in Portland, Ore. on Friday Aug. 28, 2009.


In an emailed statement, Pat Reid, a executive executive of a Edmonton Combative Sports Commission, pronounced a post-fight examination would be done.

“As partial [our] warlike sports protocol, a post-fight central examination is conducted immediately after any competition,” Reid said.

After news of Hague’s damage Friday, a elect stretched “the ask for reports to all referees, ringside judges, physicians, arch inspector, paymaster and a presiding inspectors reserved to a bout.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim and his family.”

Global News reached out to KO Boxing though a upholder declined comment.

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Olympic warrior Dale Walters, who also referees matches in B.C., listened about a quarrel before examination video of it.

“When… we listened there were 3 knockdowns in a initial round, we pronounced a quarrel should have been over. Since saying a fight, there was actually, he was down 4 times in a initial round. One was announced a slip.

“If we was refereeing that fight, afterwards after 3 knockdowns, a quarrel would have been over.”

Still, Walters admits he doesn’t know what changes could be done to make a foe safer.

“It didn’t seem like he was in that many difficulty after a knockdowns. It was only a punch that finally finished a quarrel was a large shot.

“The fact of a matter is fighting is a violent, heartless sport,” Walters added.

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Hague was also a manager during a UFC Gym in Sherwood Park.

“Tim started operative for us in Apr of this year, though he was member with us first,” gym owners Alicia Landry pronounced in a matter to Global News.

“He wanted to manager MMA. He came aboard with us as a personal coach. He wanted to assistance people accommodate their aptness goals and rise a adore of a sport.

“He is one of a many genuine people we’ve had a pleasure to meet. Always smiling and… a certain presence.

“Tim fit in immediately, everybody desired him from day one. We send him and his family all of a prayers,” Landry said.

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For Valimaki and other fighters, Hague’s genocide hits tighten to home.

“It’s crazy how it escalated… From him entrance out — we was in a behind change room with him — to subsequent thing, he’s laying there… It’s unequivocally freaky that something like that could occur so quickly.”

Valinaki pronounced simply: he’ll skip his friend.

“He was a appurtenance in a ring though afterwards outside, he’d be a nicest man you’ve ever met… He’s only a good guy. Everyone who knows him will contend a same thing. He’s that peaceful giant. He’s one of a good guys.”

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