Rene Ayangma, a 20-year old mixed martial artist from Stratford, Prince Edward Island, suddenly passed away late Tuesday night after collapsing during a training session in preparation for his second professional fight.
Ayangma was training at Largo Fitness Centre when he fell down to a knee shortly after completing a light sparring session according to The Canadian Press. Ayangma then reportedly fell forward unconscious and stopped breathing.
After gym members came to his aid and attempted CPR, Ayangma was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead only minutes after arriving.
The cause of death currently remains unknown. Prince Edward Island’s chief coroner has currently been assigned to the case. He was expected to perform an official autopsy yesterday and release preliminary results pertaining to his findings before the end of the week.
Ayangma’s father Noel stated that his son was in remarkable physical condition for his age and was looking forward to his next fight, which was slated to take place on March 15th at an undisclosed event in Halifax. However he won’t discount the possibility that his son may have over-trained.
“He was fantastic,” the elder Ayangma said. “He was a natural at the sport. He was strong and had a very natural, athletic ability. He was always making sure he was the best. I think that’s what killed him because he was trying to be ready.”
Rene, a biology student at the University of Prince Edward Island, made his professional debut in December, submitting Chris Doucet with a rear naked choke at a King Of The Cage event in Moncton, New Brunswick.
For those in PEI area interested in remembering Ayangma, two separate viewings will take place tomorrow at the Charlottetown Belvedere Funeral Home. The viewings will take place from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM respectively. The funeral will take place Saturday at 11:30 AM at the Holy Redeemer Church in Charlottetown as well.
As always, all of us here at MMA on Tap would like to send our condolences to the friends and family of Rene Ayangma.