UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario clings to life, possibly with rare heart condition
After collapsing and going into full cardiac arrest, UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario remains in a Newport Beach, Calif. hospital, UFC officials and the fighter’s manager announced on Friday.
According to an update the UFC and manager Jason House issued on Friday, doctors haven’t ruled out the possibility that the 30-year-old fighter is suffering from a heart ailment called long QT syndrome.
“After arriving at the emergency room in full cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning he was resuscitated to stable rhythm and blood pressure, but has not regained consciousness. Doctors believe he may suffer from a rare condition called Long QT Syndrome, which is a genetic anomaly that can cause a sudden and life threatening heart rhythm abnormality, and may result in sudden death. Tragically, it strikes healthy young people and often is the first and only presentation of a heart problem.”
UFC planning ‘closer to 50' events in 2014 – with new online network
According to UFC President Dana White, the organization plans to host 50 worldwide events next year, and a new online/digital network will be the exclusive way to watch some of them.
Although White shared only basic details about the new venture, he said the new network will serve an important purpose. Events will continue to air on pay-per-view, FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 in 2014, but some of the UFC’s international events are geared toward region-specific audiences. However, if you’re in the UFC’s substantial North American fan base, the online network will assure you can watch all those overseas bouts.
“People don’t understand … the fights that we do in China are for China,” he told MMAjunkie. “The fights we do in Europe are going to be for Europe. But with this new digital network that we’re launching, people who are hardcore fans and want to watch the fights will be able to.
“It’s a completely new experience because what it’s going to be based around is live fights. Obviously, you’re going to have access to the library and lots of other programming that’s going to be on the network, but there’s going to be a ridiculous amount of live fights.”
The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale Weigh-in Results: Main Event and Finalists All Hit the Mark
Main Card Bouts (on Fox Sports 1)
-Gray Maynard (156) vs. Nate Diaz (156)
-Julianna Peña (134) vs. Jessica Rakoczy (132)†
-Chris Holdsworth (136) vs. Davey Grant (135)††
-Jessamyn Duke (135.5) vs. Peggy Morgan (136)
-Roxanne Modafferi (134) vs. Raquel Pennington (135)
Preliminary Bouts (on Fox Sports 1)
-Akira Corassani (146) vs. Maximo Blanco (146)
-Rani Yahya (145.5) vs. Tom Niinimaki (145)
-Jared Rosholt (240) vs. Walter Harris (244)
-Sean Spencer (171) vs. Drew Dober (170)
Preliminary Bout (on MMAWeekly.com)
-Josh Sampo (127.5) vs. Ryan Benoit (126)*
*Sampo was given one hour to cut 1-1/2 pounds.
†TUF 18 Women’s Final
††TUF 18 Men’s Final
Luiz Dutra Jr. tapped to face Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night 34
According to a report from Brazil-based MMA site MMA informativo, stepping in to fill Lim's void on the undercard is Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. Holding an 11-2 record, Dutra was part of TUF Brazil 2 and will officially be making his UFC debut as he steps up on about 5 weeks notice against a fellow newcomer in Kunimoto.
Heavyweight Del Rosario dies
Heavyweight Shane Del Rosario has died after suffering sudden cardiac arrest at his home on Tuesday morning.
Doctors at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, modulated Del Rosario's body temperature near 90 degrees Fahrenheit using an Arctic Sun Temperature Management System, in hopes of inducing a therapeutic hypothermia and restarting his body and brain functions. But it was confirmed on Thursday that he has died.
Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Rakoczy, Roxanne Modafferi vs. Raquel Pennington completes TUF 18 Finale lineup
The 10-bout lineup for Saturday’s TUF 18 Finale now is complete with the official addition of a pair of women’s bantamweight fights.
In the women’s tournament final, Julianna Pena (4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Jessica Rakoczy (1-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to determine the first women’s “Ultimate Fighter” in UFC history. And semifinalist Raquel Pennington (3-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
will meet Roxanne Modafferi (15-10 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Both fights will take place on the main card. The bouts became official following Wednesday’s airing of the final regular-season episode of Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter” on FOX Sports 1.