Legacy Fighting Alliance fighter CJ Hancock says that he briefly died in the cage following a fight on Friday night against Charlie Ontiveros.

Hancock, 32, reportedly fell in the second round, where Ontiveros was then granted the win by TKO. Hancock said in a Facebook post that his heart briefly stopped while in the cage, and that they “brought me back” with the help of CPR and a defibrillator.

“Well I died tonight in the cage…. I’m okay. Thanks everyone. I’ll reply when I can. My heart stopped, and I had 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 BJJ superfights , when I get better. Thanks to everyone that supported me!”

Hancock says in the post that he had a “hard weight cut”, indicating that severe dehydration from cutting weight was the possible cause for the collapse. The MMA Fighting report says that Hancock made weight for the bout at 170 pounds, but that Hancock had fought as high as 205 (light-heavyweight) in the past.

Hancock was reportedly rushed to the hospital after being revived, where he is now recovering. Hancock mentioned in his post that doctors are saying he shouldn’t fight again after the brush with death.

MMA fighter says he died in the cage during a fight: “[They] brought me back” CJ Hancock/Facebook
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