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Former UFC star-turned-boxer Tim Hague has sadly passed away after suffering a sickening knockout during a boxing match in Canada on Friday.

The 34-year-old swapped the UFC cage for the boxing ring last year after a rough run of form that saw him knocked out in four of his last five MMA fights.

Hague stepped in at the eleventh-hour to face Adam Braidwood at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Canada, on Friday – but suffered a similar fate as he absorbed heavy damage before being KO’d in the second round.

Hague, who had a 1-2 record as a pro boxer before Friday night, fell heavily to the canvas, appearing to smack his head on the mat during a brutal knockout.

He was able to get back to his feet and stumble backstage, but fell seriously ill just minutes later and was rushed to hospital.

Close friend and fellow MMA fighter Cody Krahn wrote: “As many of you know Tim suffered a severe knockout in his boxing match.

“Once we got Tim backstage and with the doctor we could tell he needed to go to the hospital.

“Tim is currently in a coma. He had to have surgery to relieve pressure from his brain.”

But on June 18th his family released a statement confirming he had sadly died.

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away,” it said.

“He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs.

“We will miss him so greatly. We ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

It is the latest in a series of traumatic brain injuries in boxing.

Last year, Brit world champion George Groves left rival Eduard Gutknecht “mute and wheelchair-bound” after a punishing 12-round affair that inflicted a brain haemorrhage on the German brawler.

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