According to reports a man died last night at UFC 73 after falling 30 feet to his death. Here is part of an article by News10.net, a Sacramento-area ABC affiliate:
Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman R.L. Davis said Eraldo Cano, 26, was outside the arena in a smoking section around 8:30 p.m. during Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighting Championship event when the accident happened.
Davis said Cano was in the slightly elevated outdoor section on the arena’s northwest side when he reportedly jumped over a four-foot retaining wall and fell about 30 feet to the ground.
Cano was transported by ambulance to the UC Davis Medical Center, where he died from his injuries around 10 p.m.
Davis said the fall appeared to be accidental and that Cano likely did not realize the severity of the drop on the other side of the wall. Authorities were looking into whether alcohol played a role in the fall.
While this wasn’t major UFC news it is relevant because, even though the UFC had no role in the accident, incidents like this can sometimes cause backlash at organization and entire sports.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.