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Female Kickboxer Dies The Day Following Muay Thai Fight

Sad news today via the Orlando Sentinel. Adrienne Simmons, a 30-year-old female kickboxer, died Monday afternoon after taking part in a competition over the weekend. The Atlanta native was competing in Florida for an event sponsored by the International Kickboxing Federation. Simmons took a devastating left hook to the head during the third and final round of her fight, and was immediately treated by an IKF doctor.

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Simmons had been fighting Lindsay Scheer in a Muay Thai match. When Simmons fell, a referee ended the bout immediately, and doctors sitting ringside attended to her right away. After she sat up and spoke, medical personnel took her away from the ring. Shortly after that, he and Scheer learned that Simmons had been airlifted to the hospital.

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The IKF did not immediately comment on the incident, but headgear is required in IKF competition.

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Eric Haycraft, Simmons' trainer, wrote his response to the incident on Facebook. He gives a more detailed account of what he witnessed.

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The bout itself seemed normal enough on all fronts. Lindsay, the more experienced of the two, took control of the bout scoring an eight count on the very first jab thrown. Several seconds later a standing eight count was given and the round drew to a close. Round two continued with more of the same, however Adrienne never stopped trying and never gave up. No eight counts this round. The third round opened up and Lindsay landed a three punch combo that ended the bout. The ref waived the bout off immediately and the doctors who were already sitting ringside watching the bout were in the ring right away.

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It really just seemed like a normal bout. It was a heavy shot but everyone involved from the ref to the doctors and officials and myself had no reason to believe there was anything abnormal except a fighter getting their bell rung like we all have had at some point in our careers.

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Adrienne came to, we were right there as she sat up and spoke. Confirming our thoughts that this was to be no different than any other bout ending blow. Adrienne was taken to the back and attended to by the medical staff and we took care of the stuff we had to after the bout such as photos and such.

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We shortly after were told along with everyone that Adrienne had been airlifted out.

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