Samuel Vasquez, a 35-year-old mixed martial artist from Houston, Texas, died on Friday, Nov. 30 according to a report from The Fight Network.
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death, but an official cause of death has not been released, pending a determination from the medical examiner said the report.
Vasquez faced Vince Libardi on Oct. 20 during a Renegades Extreme Fighting show at the Toyota Center in Houston. Renegades is promoted by longtime boxing coach Saul Soliz.
According to reports, Vasquez did take a hard right to the head from Libardi, but apparently nothing outside of the norm for the sport occurred. The bout was overseen by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
“There was nothing out of the ordinary,” said Paul Erickson of TXMMA.com in The Fight Network report. “They scrambled and hit the cage. Sammy stood up and looked a little wobbly. Then he went down and the referee called the doctor in. It didn’t seem like anything was out of the ordinary. Sammy was winded and looked exhausted, but he wasn’t unconscious when they carried him out. Everyone was puzzled at the time because no one could tell when or where he was injured.”
The bout was ended in the third round when Vasquez took a flurry of punches from Libardi and collapsed. He was tended to by Emergency Medical Technicians and rushed to the hospital.
Initial reports were that he had a large clot on the brain. There were surgeries in early November to try and alleviate the pressure caused by the clot, but on Nov. 9, Vasquez suffered a stroke and was placed in a medically induced coma according to Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports.
Samuel Vazquez is survived by his wife, Sandra, and his seven-year-old son.