South African Fighter Booto Guylain Dies from Injuries Sustained During EFC Africa 27

March 5, 2014
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Booto Guylain - EFC Africa 27South African middleweight Booto Guylain died tragically this week after succumbing to injuries sustained in his EFC Africa 27 bout with Keron Davies, which took place last Thursday. The 29-year-old was rushed to Johannesburg General Hospital after the third-round TKO loss, but the promotion announced that he had passed away on Tuesday afternoon.

Following the bout, which was stopped at 3:25 of the third round, EFC Africa announced that Guylain was being treated for swelling and bleeding on the brain.

The promotion’s president, Cairo Howarth, issued the following statement on Wednesday: “We are devastated. This is a huge loss to the sport and to all who know him. Our thoughts are with his family in this trying time.”

The middleweight was competing in the cage for the second time after suffering a second-round TKO defeat in his debut at EFC 25. There is no footage of the fight available at present, but according to reports, Guylain received “heavy blows to the head” from an opponent who was making his professional MMA debut.

In the statement released today, EFC Africa announced it would provide financial support to the wife and son of Guylain, and tributes are planned for the promotion’s next event, which is set for Johannesburg on March 27. All athletes competing at EFC Africa 28 will wear black armbands in his honour and memory.

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  • Becky Bonde

    Deepest condolences to his family and friends. Respect.

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    If this ever happens in the UFC that will be the end of MMA.

    • Sir_Roy

      Doubt it. Football players die, Boxers die … the sport lives on.

      No way one death in well over a decade of fights in the UFC since it’s gone mainstream will ever spell the end of MMA.

      • Joe

        Same with most downhill winter sports and auto racing

        • Dude


  • TheCerealKiller

    If this happened on a live FOX card…

    RIP brother.

  • Billtron


  • BlueMarvelite

    That’s so tragic. I’m glad the federation are gonna make sure his family will look after the family at least.

  • bigslim

    This is a result of dumbasses putting on mma shows. There is no reason a dude who got ktfo on Dec 12 th should be training for a fight much a less be fighting on Feb 26 th. Ufc has real doctors on staff to prevent this s–t. Get a concussion in the ufc your sat in the corner wrapped in bubble wrap for 3 months. End of story.