Yang Jian Bing was set to compete at ONE Championship 35 against Geje Eustaquio in a flyweight contest before that bout was cancelled on Thursday. ONE Championship noted via release following the weigh-ins that bout had been cancelled “due to Yang’s severe dehydration from attempting to make weight. Yang Jian Bing has suffered from dehydration and suspected heat stroke. He has been transported to the hospital where he is undergoing intensive rehydration treatment.”
The news took a turn for the worse on Friday when Bing, 21, ultimately died from the complications of his weight cut. ONE Championship released a statement following Bing’s tragic passing:
“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.'”
Weight cuts are a common part of the process of fight preparation, but carry significant health risks. Fighters of all amateur and professional levels have experienced complications from botched weight cuts, some of which have paid the price with their life.
The particular circumstances and specific causes of what caused Bing’s death have not yet been determined. Bing was a three-time veteran of ONE Championship and held a 5-1-1 professional MMA record.
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