Some tragic news surfaced in the mixed martial arts world on Friday morning.
Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing, who was set to compete against Geje Eustaquio at today’s ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS event in the Philippines, passed away after his weight cut. He was just 21 years old.
Yang was transported to the San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay, Philippines after collapsing.
Despite what was described as “the best medical care possible,” Yang was unable to pull through and eventually passed awaydue to cardiopulmonary failure.
“There is nothing more profoundly tragic and sad than when a member of the ONE Championship family, current or past, passes away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Yang Jian Bing. We will work closely with the family and offer all the support they need in any way we can during this very difficult time,” said ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui.
“I want to thank all sports fans around the world for their concern, thoughts and prayers. At this time, we appreciate everyone respecting the Yang family’s privacy as they mourn the loss of their beloved son and brother.”
Yang began his MMA career with a 5-0 record, before falling to Ze Wu under the ONE banner earlier this year.
There has been plenty of conversation in recent months about the dangers of weight cutting in mixed martial arts. Yang’s death is a tragedy and will force everyone to take a closer look at putting additional precautions in place.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to ONE Championship