(London, UK. 9th October 13) The medical advisory board of Safe MMA is currently investigating health and safety concerns regarding a fighter who competed on a Safe MMA promotion on 5th October, despite a possibility of the fighter being medically unfit.
This is an initial statement based only on reports received so far. Initial reports point to several matters that are now being investigated by SafeMMA:-
The promotion reports giving clear instructions to all 24 fighters to attend the official Cage Warriors 60 Safe MMA Pre-Fight Medical clinic being held on the dy of the fight as is recommended. 23 fighters followed these instructions. 1 fighter did not attend as instructed.
The one fighter who did not attend the official Safe MMA pre-fight medical clinic privately consulted a doctor the previous day. It has been reported that this consult included the doctor administrating Intravenous (‘IV’) fluids to the fighter due to severe dehydration from ‘weight cutting’. There was no documentation in the medical examination notes of the prior administration of IV fluids. There was no documentation of any blood biochemistry or urine tests results before or after the reported infusion of IV fluids.
The privately hired doctor who administered the IV fluids was the same doctor who the promotion (Cage Warriors) had contracted to conduct the official Safe MMA Pre-fight medical clinic the following day. The doctor was apparently not granted permission by the promotion to conduct the Safe MMA medical before the official pre-fight clinic but did complete and submit a Safe MMA medical form to the promotion, clearing the fighter. It is not known if the doctor understood that this is not recommended practice.
The fighter in question may have experienced physical issues during and after the fight that could have been contributed to by dehydration/weight cutting, or inappropriate IV rehydration. Without the need for IV rehydration being declared to an independent Safe MMA doctor at an official Safe MMA pre-fight medical, it is unlikely that any advnced tests would have been conducted which would have been needed to clear the fighter.
The Safe MMA doctor’s independence is being questioned as the same doctor was also reportedly contracted to serve the private medical needs of the fighter with IV fluids.
The details of the medical issues and the ringside treatment of the fighter are being investigated. Initial reports to Safe MMA suggest that the promotion acted swiftly and in the best interests of the fighter who was taken by ambulance to hospital.
Dr. Kreindler said: “Under Safe MMA guidelines, a pre-fight medical is required to maximise the health and safety of MMA competitors. All medicals should be conducted by an experienced doctor acting independently of the fighter or the promotion. It appears that these guidelines may not have been followed by one fighter in Cage Warriors 60 and medical issues that may have been found if the Safe MMA pre-fight medical had been attended were not picked up. Dr Jack Kreindler and Dr Mike Loosemore and the SafeMMA board are now fully investigating the matter.”