Ex-UFC heavyweight Tim Hague, 34, dies following four knockdowns and sickening final KO in bout

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It's with sadness WBN report the passing of heavyweight figher Tim Hague, who had been in a coma since being knocked out on Friday night.

Hague fought Adam Braidwood in Edmonton, Canada in a contest he was expected to lose, but the manner of the defeat will need to be looked out.

The 34 year-old was knocked down three times in the first round by the stronger Braidwood but continued into the second round where he was dropped again.

An opportunity to stop the encounter may have intitially been missed, although no blame can go to anyone as Hague bravely fought on.

Braidwood then connected with a sickening shot, which saw Hague's head bounce horribly off the canvas to end the fight instantly.

A third loss since returning from a spell out of action due to a concussion during his brief stint with the UFC, ultimately turned serious very quickly and Hague was taken to hospital in a bad way.

'The Thrashing Machine' was in a coma before being pronounced brain dead, and Hague was eventually declared deceased on Sunday.

In a family statement, sister Jackie Neil said: "It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today.

"He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him so greatly."

A 2011 social media post from Hague has since been brought to media attention from Hague's UFC concussion.

"I'm gonna take a little break away from MMA, let the brain heal from my concussion, and get the passion/fire back," said Hague.

WBN would like to pass on our condolences to the Hague family.