On February 27th, Booto Guylain, stepped into the cage for EFC Africa 27 against Keron Davies. Guylain ultimately lost the bout via TKO, suffering a severe head injury that left him in critical condition. EFC Africa posted this statement on their website last week:
Booto Guylain suffered a serious head injury during his bout with Keron Davies at EFC AFRICA 27 last night.
Immediately after the bout he was stabilised by the EFC AFRICA medical team and transported to hospital.
After undergoing tests and scans Guylain is being treated for swelling and bleeding on the brain by the neuro-surgical team at Johannesburg General Hospital.
“His condition at the moment is critical and we are following his progress closely. Our thoughts are with him and his family,” said EFC AFRICA president Cairo Howarth.
More news will be released as soon as it is received.
Today, EFC Africa tweeted that Guylain has passed away from his injuries:
It is with deep sadness that we announce that Booto Guylain, father & husband, has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family.
— EFC AFRICA™ (@EFCAFRICA) March 5, 2014
This is obviously very tragic news in the MMA community and reminds fans that these athletes and fighters put their lives on the line for our entertainment. For EFC Africa, this tragedy is in stark contrast to the news of their first ever UFC signee only weeks prior. EFC’s Heavyweight champion, Ruan Potts, is set to make his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 40.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guylain family in this tragic time.