ONE Championship flyweight Yang Jian Bing has passed away due to complications suffered from a weight cut before his upcoming fight against Geje Eustaqio at ONE Championship 35.
He had originally been diagnosed with severe dehydration, forced to pull out of the contest against Eustaqio. Weeks later, the 21-year-old MMA fighter was pronounced dead in a hospital where he was receiving intensive rehydration treatment.
The promotion released a statement following the news, per MMAFighting:
“The ONE Championship (ONE) family suffered a tragic loss when Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing passed away on 11 December 2015 at 12.06 PM due to cardiopulmonary failure. The formal hospital medical reports and procedures are still being carried out. He was 21 years old.
Yang, a native of China was hospitalized at the San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay, Philippines, after a sudden collapse on the morning of 10 December 2015.
At the hospital, Yang received the best medical care possible while ONE officials continuously updated his family directly from his hospital bedside.
CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui said, ‘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.’
Cui added, ‘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.'”
— ONE Championship (@ONEFCMMA) December 11, 2015
Most all MMA fighters cut weight to some degree, with many cutting up to 20 or 30 pounds only to have a size advantage after rehydrating their bodies the next day. It has been a hot topic among those in the MMA community. Bleacher Report’s veteran MMA writer Scott Harris gave an insightful take on the sport’s problem with cutting weight late August, cataloging several different expert opinions along the way.