There is always some tough news in the world of combat sports, and this story I've seen floated around for a few days now and have neglected on purpose, but I feel as if it does need to be posted. British kickboxing champion Mark Fowler was fighting in Sydney, Australia over the weekend in a Muay Thai bout and collapsed in the fifth round of the fight due to head injuries and was unable to regain consciousness, passing away two days later in the hospital. This begs the question of just how safe combat sports are and how serious head injuries and head trauma should be taken within the realm of combat sports.
Combat sports are high impact and dangerous, which is really the name of the game. In reaction to this death many critics are calling for a deeper look into regulations and rules within kickboxing and Muay Thai, but it isn't clear if this is just an isolated incident or if there was a pre-existing injury that helped cause this accident. There is already talk from UK officials on looking into this incident;
He said: 'I have also instructed the Office of Communities to implement any additional precautions considered necessary to ensure all similar upcoming events fully comply with current legislation and safety requirements.'
Of course accidents like this are horrifying, if not rare and careful thought should go into further regulation/restrictions on the respective sports. Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased and for the opponent who has a tough burden to live with.