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Sam Vasquez (1972 – November 30, 2007) was an American mixed martial arts fighter. He resided in Houston, Texas, until his death.

Death

On October 20, 2007 Vasquez faced Vince Libardi(4-3) in a Renegades Extreme Fighting bout in Houston. In the third round the fight ended by technical knockout. He lost consciousness shortly thereafter and was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center's Critical Care Unit. It was reported that Sammy had a pre-existing blood clot and underwent surgery to remove it. Vasquez then suffered another blood clot; fluid entered his brain and he had a stroke and slipped into a coma for 42 days until he died. Vasquez's death was officially ruled as a death due to complications of blunt trauma of the head with a subdural hemorrhage.[1]

Vasquez became the third fighter to die in an MMA bout. Vasquez joins Douglas Dedge who died in an unsanctioned Ukraine event. Dedge was unable to be medically cleared in the US due to a pre-existing heart condition. "Korea witnessed its first MMA related death at a Gimme 5 event (now known as Neofight) in 2005. The cause of death was due to brain hemorrhaging after the fight, but many blamed the death on the promotion's inadequate medical standards."[2]

Personal life

Vasquez was married and had a 7-year-old son.

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