MMA fighter Lucas Gabriel Peres dies aged 22 of head injury in hospital after falling ill following a bout

AN MMA fighter has died after suffering a head injury during a contest in Brazil.

Lucas Gabriel Peres was 22 when he lost his life on Saturday, having been taken to hospital shortly after a bout.

Following the K-1 level match-up in the southern region of Maringa on September 11, he is said to have complained of headaches.

Peres made the short journey to his home in Peabiru but concerned family members took him to hospital in nearby Campo Mourao only hours after his return.

However, the youngster's condition deteriorated and he was transferred to Hospital Metropolitano de Sarandi.

On Saturday, he died with his death certificate defining the cause of death as a head injury, according to Brazilian outlet G1.

The organisers of the event have not commented on Peres' passing but are reportedly in contact with his family.

A report investigating further into the causes of his death is being prepared by the local medical authorities.

Concerns have been raised by medical experts over the safety of fighters competing in MMA.

In 2016, former World Rugby medical advisor Dr Barry O'Driscoll, a relative of Irish legend Brian, called for greater care over head injuries in the sport.

He stated: "We all know over the last few years the worries that come about because of head injuries and the worries that have come about with mild head injuries and mild concussion.

"And yet, here we are watching people left incapable after being hit around the head. What sort of a world are we living in?"

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