MMA Competition at Gym Results in Death


Report from (Missouri)
(The family of 27-year-old man who died following a kickboxing match has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the gym where the match took place.)

The story from reports that the family is alleging that the decedent should not have been allowed to fight because he had been injured a few days earlier in a practice session. The gym owner contends that he had never seen the decedent practice at his facility. The article did not indicate whether or not the decedent had signed any sort of waiver and release document. Assumption of the risk principles will certainly be in play during the litigation.

NOTE: The allegation that an injured participant was allowed to fight despite an injury could potentially impact some highly publicized elimination competitions where participants advance toward a championship, such as on The Ultimate Fighter.

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