Freelance: UFC Veteran Dead After Boxing Bout
It was announced today that 34-year-old UFC veteran Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has died today (Sunday, June 18) after previously fighting on a KO Boxing Canada card on Friday, June 16 and being listed as in critical condition all weekend. His family have released a brief statement through his sister’s Facebook profile.
“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” the statement says. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him with [us] so greatly. We ask for privacy during this difficult time.”
Hague suffered multiple knockdowns over the course of the short bout and the official at least appears to be partly at fault for only calling an end to the fight after Hague had been knocked out cold. He went 1-3 as a boxer overall, suffering two knockout losses. The Alberta native had a bit more of a successful career in mixed martial arts (MMA,) going 21-13 but he had been stopped due to strikes eight times in the hybrid sport, including a 1-4 stint in the UFC between 2009 and 2011, and ESPN reports that half of those were in the last 22 months.
Video of the bout is available here.
His lone victory inside the UFC’s octagon came in his debut fight for the promotion after he submitted Pat “HD/ Hype or Die” Berry, a UFC veteran turned GLORY kickboxer. His last major bit of success came while under the banner of the third-tier World Series of Fighting promotion (WSOF, now the Professional Fighters League or PFL.)
Hague had an unbeaten streak of 3-0 while with the WSOF that includes TKO wins due to strikes against Lee Mein and Matt Baker at WSOF Canada 1 and WSOF Canada 2 in February and June of 2014 respectively.
He last appeared for the organization at a primary event, WSOF 14 in October of that year and finished one Craig Hudson just as he had his previous opponents—by way of TKO due to strikes and in front of a hometown Edmonton, Alberta crowd.
The representative of the Great White North was perhaps known best for the time his spent in the long-running King of the Cage (KOTC) developmental promotion that originated in California. He would compile a streak of 5-0 (four finishes) during a near two-year run with KOTC Canada between September of 2006 and 2008 that also including winning and twice defending the KOTC heavyweight (265-pound) title before his call-up to the majors.
Following his UFC run, Hague would also win heavyweight gold as a part of the regional Unified MMA as well.
The heavy-hitter’s last victory in the sport of MMA would come in April of 2016 under the regional Xcessive Force Fighting Championship (XFFC,) coming at XFFC 9: Conviction in Grand Prarie, Alberta.Hague would defeat fellow UFC veteran Kalib Starnes (17-11-in MMA overall, 2-3 in the UFC) by way of fourth-round TKO to win the XFFC heavyweight championship.
The official cause of death per medical professionals is unknown at this time.