Kentucky Commission and promotion issue statement on fighter’s death at Saturday event

Donshay White collapsed and died after a fight under the Hardrock MMA banner. The event took place on Saturday at Expo Five in Louisville, KY. Despite several medical personnel treating White after he collapsed backstage he never recovered. He was taken to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead. White was stopped in the second round at 2:22 getting knocked out by Ricky Muse.

Another fighter on the card collapsed and this prompted the medical personnel to leave the building to treat them. The event was then stopped because without medical staff on hand the conditions were unsafe and per the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission regulations it could not continue.  Here is the Hardrock MMA statement via BluegrassMMA from the promotion’s Facebook page.

Hardrock MMA joins the entire MMA community in mourning Donshay White. As a promotion who has put together 89 events over the last 8 years without incident, we always have and we will continue to put our fighters safety above all else. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet Communications Director Elizabeth Kuhn released a statement on behalf of the KBWC.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Donshay White following his passing on Saturday.

Mr. White was attended to by a licensed ringside physician and first responders immediately following his bout, and he received onsite medical attention before being transported via ambulance to the hospital.

The health and safety of Kentucky’s combat sports athletes is the highest priority of the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission, and the commission is reviewing all of the details surrounding this tragic event.”

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