Second Mixed Martial Arts Death: Brain Hemorrhage

Mixed martial artist Michael Kirkham died of a brain hemorrhage on June 28, never reviving after being knocked unconscious two days earlier in a fight in Aiken, South Carolina. According to MMA and wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, this was “the second known fatality in a regulated MMA event in North America.”

Meanwhile, World Wrestling Entertainment’s Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat spends his third week in a Tampa hospital recovering from bleeding on the brain that nearly killed him. The original diagnosis was a brain aneurysm. The revised diagnosis was a burst capillary – not to be confused with a brain aneurysm or brain hemorrhage. Burst capillaries, which are caused by blunt force, usually heal up on their own. It can’t be proven conclusively one way or another if the beating Steamboat took, also on June 28, on WWE’s Raw show on USA cable is related to his medical condition.

Glad we got that all straight.

Irv Muchnick


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