Justin Thornton: MMA fighter dies following 19-second knockout

Justin Thornton: MMA fighter dies following 19-second knockout

MMA fighter Justin Thornton has died aged 38, a number of months after he suffered a 19-second knockout in bare-knuckled boxing bout.

The fighter was taken to hospital following a heavyweight battle with Dillon Cleckler in Mississippi, during which he was knocked unconscious.

Asserting his dying, Naked Knuckle Preventing Championship president David Feldman stated: “This morning we had been very saddened to be notified of the passing of one among our fighters, Justin Thornton, who competed at BKFC-20 on August 20, 2021.

“We be part of the remainder of the fight sports activities neighborhood in sending our deepest condolences to his household and family members.”

No explanation for dying has been launched.

On 23 September, a lady named Amber Willard who recognized herself as Mr Thornton’s “on-off associate” of seven years posted an replace on his situation on his private Fb web page.

Ms Willard stated he’d been left paralysed after the battle, and was on a ventilator, an IV for a lung an infection and medicine for an damage to his spinal wire.

Mr Thornton was a veteran of 24 MMA fights, and had an 6-18 win-loss file.

He had beforehand fought UFC heavyweights Chase Sherman and Walt Harris, and final received a battle in 2016, struggling 5 straight defeats since then.

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