Clovis Hancock: “I died tonight in the cage”, was revived after heart stopped

LFA fighter Clovis Hancock (2-2)  had to be revived after he temporarily died in the octagon during his bout against Charlie Ontiveros (8-5) on Friday.

Clovis made the following statement on social media:

Well I died tonight in the cage… I’m okay. Thanks everyone. I’ll reply when I can. My heart stopped, and I had a kidney failure, they did cpr and hit me with the EKG twice and brought me back. Still unsure why it happened. I had a hard weight cut. Doc says I shouldn’t fight again… I’m broken, I guess I’ll just be a coach from now on…. I still plan on competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and super BJJ fights, when I get better. Thanks to everyone that supported me. 

Hancock, who was diagnosed with a kidney failure was told by his doctor he shouldn’t fight again.

The fight was declared a TKO win for Ontiveros after Hancock collapsed in the second round. Team Takedown’s striking coach Steven Wright, who was in attendance declared Hancock fell down from fatigue rather than from being hit.

LFA CEO Ed Soares sent the following statement to MMA Fighting:

It’s a very unfortunate situation where C.J. Hancock took a body kick during his fight, after the kick landed, there was a few second delay, and then he collapsed in the cage. Our cutman David Maldonado immediately recognized the problem and signalled to the medical team sitting cageside. They were able to resuscitate and stabilize C.J. and took him to the hospital via ambulance where they determined he had suffered kidney failure. C.J. is currently recovering and in the company of his friends and family.

A similar incident happened last year when Dada 5000 collapsed at the end of his fight against Kimbo Slice in the co-main event of Bellator 149.  Coincidentally, both fights happened in Houston.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), who acts as the governing body of the state’s combat sports program and regulations has yet to comment on the situation.


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