Female MMA Fighter Dies After Bout
An amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter has died after suffering a brain injury following a match in the UK.
Saeideh Aletaha, 26, was critically injured at a 'Fast and Furious Fight Series' (FFS) bout in Southampton, a city on England's south coast, on Saturday.
The FFS confirmed she suffered an injury following the match "that she tragically has not recovered from".
Several local outlets have reported a statement from Hampshire Police which said Aletaha was taken to Southampton General Hospital early on Sunday for treatment of a life-threatening brain injury but died later that day.
"Inquiries into exactly what happened are ongoing. Next of kin have been informed," police said.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the FFS sent well wishes to Aletaha's friends, family and teammates, urging anyone who needed support to get in touch.
It said all efforts were made to ensure the environment is "as safe as possible", but that injuries can happen.
"All competitors get in [sic] prepared that they may be injured and this is something not expected to happen 99.9 percent of the time," the FFS said.
"But, it can and in this we make the environment as safe as possible with pre and post medicals from a doctor and full medical cover throughout with doctor, paramedic and ambulance on-site alongside our experienced team of staff with numerous first aiders."
The FFS added safety "is not something ever skimped on" for any of its 19 shows, and that "all matches are made equal".
The gym where Aletaha trained also confirmed the news, paying tribute to "a lovely character with a beautiful soul".
"Her dedication to the sport was 110 percent, travelling miles every day just to train," Exile Gym Southampton wrote on Facebook.
"She found her place with us just a few months ago but has become a part of the family and will be sorely missed.
"This news comes as a devastating blow to us all at the gym and the whole community. Our thoughts and preys [sic] go out to her family."
Another woman posted on Facebook Aletaha "showed true spirit in everything she [has] done".
"She used to partner up with my daughter in training who is only a beginner," the woman wrote.
"Rest in peace angel, you were a great fighter and you made everyone proud."