A fighter from Augusta, Georgia died following his fight in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina this past Saturday night. Tyrone Mims, 30, was pronounced dead at Medical University Hospital in South Carolina. Local Charleston, SC news outlet Post and Courier first reported the news.
Details are scarce at this time but it appears that Mims began showing signs of distress following his bout Saturday evening at “Fight Night at the Point IV.” Paramedics raced the Georgia-native to MUSC around 8:36pm ET, where hospital workers were unable to resuscitate him. An autopsy is scheduled for later today.
The event, which was being streamed live, was immediately cancelled after Mims death.
Mims became the second amateur MMA fighter to die this year after Dustin Jensen died following an unsanctioned bout in South Dakota. While the local coroner confirmed Jensen did not die from injuries sustained in his final fight, there was a cumulative effect from multiple unsanctioned bouts in a short time.
Mims’s death is the second death to occur in South Carolina since the state began regulation in 2009. Michael “Tree” Kirkham died following his pro debut in Aiken, SC in 2010. Kirkham fought in the Palmetto State shortly after an amateur bout in Tennessee, had the South Carolina Athletic Commission known of this bout Kirkham would likely have been denied his pro debut for safety concerns.
Regulation of amateur MMA has been a growing concern for the Association of Boxing Commissions and this unfortunate event will likely drive the commissions to seek a solution to protect the fighters.