Former UFC fighter Corey Hill not dead. Fighting for life.
Former UFC fighter Corey Hill died this morning ... after suffering from a sudden bout with pneumonia ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to Hill's friend Jennifer Swift ... the 36-year-old fighter was diagnosed with pneumonia a few weeks ago. We're told he underwent a lung transplant ... but the lung collapsed and "it went downhill from there."
We're told Hill was placed on life support ... and his family ultimately made the decision to remove him ... and he passed away Thursday morning.
Hill is survived by his wife and three children.
Hill made his UFC debut in 2008 after appearing on "The Ultimate Fighter 5" ... and was most notably remembered for snapping his right leg in a gruesome injury suffered during a televised fight.
Hill battled back and continued his career ... most recently competing at an MMA event in Florida back in February.
Wife saying he is still alive.
Update4:22 PM PT -- We just spoke with Corey's wife, Lauran Hill, who tells us Corey is still ALIVE ... despite a statement from the UFC which said Hill had passed earlier today.
Lauran says Corey is "resting and still alive" and they're praying he makes a full recovery.
"My husband is fighting for his life. We want him in everyone's prayers."
Lauran wouldn't comment on statements made earlier by Hill's close friends and other family members.
UFC sets Roy Nelson vs. Josh Barnett for Japan, launches new reality show
The UFC today announced it will return to Japan on Sept. 27, when heavyweight contenders Roy Nelson (20-11 MMA, 7-7 UFC) and Josh Barnett (33-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) will face off in a five-round main event that serves as the conclusion of a brand new reality series.
Executive Vice President and General Manager of UFC Asia Ken Berger revealed the two will serve as coaches on “Road to UFC: Japan,” a new reality series that will follow eight Japanese MMA hopefuls who will compete with each other to earn a UFC contract.
Jessica Andrade vs. Sarah Moras added to UFC Fight Night 71 in San Diego
A women’s bantamweight bout has been added to the UFC’s summer return to San Diego.
Jessica Andrade (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is set to meet Sarah Moras (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 71. UFC officials recently announced the new matchup.
With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 71 card includes:
Todd Duffee vs. Frank Mir
Tony Ferguson vs. Josh Thomson
Bobby Green vs. Al Iaquinta
Matt Dwyer vs. Alan Jouban
Manny Gamburyan vs. Scott Jorgensen
Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri
Igor Araujo vs. Sean Strickland
Andrew Craig vs. Edgar Garcia
Jessica Andrade vs. Sarah Moras
Ed Ruth's Bellator signing puts spotlight on UFC's Reebok deal
"I've been talking with all the major organizations, and at the end of the day, I really believe in what Scott Coker is doing with Bellator." Ruth said. "They're signing the top talent, they're putting on exciting fights, and they're letting me secure my own sponsors."
The issue of fighter sponsorship jumped to the forefront of MMA's collective conscious earlier this year when it was announced that MMA's flagship promotion, the UFC, would be signing an exclusive apparel deal with Reebok. The deal will make Reebok the UFC’s official uniform provider and will pay each fighter anywhere from $5,000-$40,000 per fight, depending on championship standing and tenure.