Professional fighter dies in South Carolina

As picked up by several MMA websites, the local press in South Carolina are reporting that a local MMA fighter has died due to injuries suffered in his professional debut.

WRDW.com writes that

Michael Kirkham, 30 years old, from Gaston, SC died this morning as a result of a head injury during his MMA event at USC Aiken Saturday. He was pronounced dead this morning at Aiken Regional Medical Center.

Kirkham was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Center after he was struck several times in the head. He was unresponsive when transported and never regained consciousness. He died of a brain hemorrhage.

This was Kirkham’s first professional match. He had fought in MMA events 6 times previously as an amateur.

Our thoughts are with Michael Kirkham’s friends and family.

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