Shane Ott. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
International Fight League veteran Shane Ott is listed in critical condition and his recovery remains uncertain following a motorcycle accident outside of Reading, Pennsylvania early Sunday morning.
Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain was the first to report the story on Monday afternoon and officials at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia have since confirmed that Ott was flown to their facility from a Reading hospital after the accident with the Reading Eagle Newspaper.
According to the newspaper, Ott lost control of his motorcycle and crashed shortly before 2 AM ET on Sunday morning. An investigation into the accident is currently ongoing. Rumors had circulated Sunday evening that Ott had actually passed away as a result of his injuries, but several family members and friends have since refuted the claims.
Ott, who doubled as a tattoo artist as well as fighting professionally, last fought in the main event of Battle Cage Xtreme 4 on April 19, losing to former collegiate wrestling champion and pro football player Carlton Haselrig via first-round TKO.
The former member of the IFL’s Tucson Scorpions won his first three bouts as a professional, including a victory over UFC veteran Kerry Schall at an Extreme Challenge event in April of last year.
All of us here at MMA on Tap would like to wish the best for Ott and his family during this understandably difficult time and hope for him to make a full recovery.
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