Monday, August 13, 2012
Amateur MMA Fighter Tyrone Mimms Dies Following Bout in South Carolina
Tragedy struck in South Carolina after an amateur mixed martial artist died following a bout at an event in the state on Saturday night.
Tyrone Mimms, 30, collapsed after his fight ended at ‘Fight Night at the Point 6′ in Mount Pleasant, SC and was taken to the hospital.
According to several reports including one from CarolinaLive.com, Mimms was unresponsive after EMS workers gave the fighter chest compressions at the scene of the fight.
He was taken to a local hospital and further attempts to revive Mims were unsuccessful. Mimms was pronounced dead at 9:27pm ET.
Mimms was originally from Augusta, GA and was the second fight on the 14-bout card taking place in South Carolina. The event was actually being streamed online, but was taken down after the events surrounding Mimms’ death.
“One of the fighters, who happened to be our own Tyrone “Teesta ” Mimms, was fatally injured tonight, possibly as a result of his fight. The promoters and the South Carolina Fight Commission consulted with the fighters and all involved and decided as a result of the death of one of their own we should call off the rest of the fights. The promoters and the Athletic Commission did everything in their power according to protocol and this accident was beyond their control,” read a statement from Georgia Boy’s Grits and Glory via Facebook, who were streaming the event live online.
An autopsy will be performed on Mimms on Monday.
This is the second death of an MMA fighter in South Carolina since the sport became legal there in 2009. In 2010, Michael Kirkham, 30, also died following his professional debut in the state.
Both events were regulated by the South Carolina State Athletic Commission.