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Nigerian MMA Boxer, Felix Pablo Elochukwu Dies While Fighting In Toronto, Canada

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April 10, 2013 – Nigerian MMA Athlete, Felix Pablo Elochukwu Is Dead; He Dies While Fighting In Toronto, Canada

All Felix Pablo Elochukwu wanted was a shot to represent Canada in the UFC. So, the 35-year-old mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter from Hamilton packed a bag and headed to Port Huron, in Michigan, USA, for his amateur debut last weekend. Tragically, his first match would be his last

The Nigerian-born athlete died after the third round when the fight was stopped because he was unable to defend himself. He initially showed no signs of serious injury, but later became unresponsive.

Paramedics couldn’t revive him and he was taken to hospital. It’s not clear whether he died in the ambulance or at the health centre.

“I remember seeing him a few weeks ago when we were celebrating his birthday, and he was actually talking about this fight,” Elochukwu’s friend, Jerry Igenu told Toronto Sun yesterday.

“He was very optimistic. He thought this was going to be his breakthrough match and he would move up to the next level. He wanted to fight for Canada.”

Another friend, Nnamdi Orakwue, from Toronto, said Elochukwu came to Canada from Nigeria as a student at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2012, he moved to Hamilton because it was known as a tight-knit community where he could train at the highly regarded Joslin’s Martial Arts and be a part of the Ontario MMA scene.

“He’s a straight-up guy,” Orakwue, 34, said. “He had a huge heart. I don’t think he felt he would have had enough support in Canada to grow his fighting career, so Michigan was there for him to make a name for himself.”

A spokesman for Joslin’s could not be reached yesterday, but media reports peg Elochukwu as a 265-pound heavyweight with a blue belt in Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu and say he was a three-time gold medal winner on the local grappling circuit.

Elochukwu was close to his family, his mother, father and sister, who still reside in Nigeria, Orakwue said. He recently asked him to help send them a care package consisting of a watch, a pair of shoes, and a handbag.

Igenu, 32, said to the best of his knowledge, his friend didn’t have any medical problems that would put him in jeopardy in the ring.

“He’s one of the guys you love to hang out with,” he added. “People that know him from back home — he always led a very active life. He loves boxing and fighting. He’s got passion.”

According to Sportsnet, the first two rounds of the bout consisted primarily of grappling exchanges. However, Elochukwu showed signs of fatigue going into the third round. His opponent achieved full mount and began delivering “soft” hammer fists.

The event was staged by the Amateur Fighting Club, which confirmed the tragic news on its Facebook page.

“We lost a member of our MMA family and we would like to take this time to honour him,” the message said. An autopsy was conducted, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.

[Story Source: PM News]



  1. meddytz

    April 10, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Rest in peace our bradda


    April 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace

  3. Dany

    April 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Chai. Wat a pity

  4. ik

    April 11, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    May his soul rest in peace. This is the kind of fight i want to indulge in cos i based in usa georgia.


    April 11, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Very sad news. May his soul rest in peace.

  6. Densy

    April 11, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    May ur gentl soul Rip man! Nwanne 2 be a man…………….z nt a 2row of stone…;-(

  7. phil

    April 11, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    may be he fight devil but may his gentle soul R . I . P

  8. Hephzibah

    April 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Its really painful but such is life. Its a market place, no matter how u stay long in it, after buying u must go cos u can neva buy till dawn. RIP

  9. Ewa mathew

    April 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    It is indeed a tragedy wat wil a man nt do just 2 survive,i wil mis u bro but u ‘re stl in d book of history 4remmbrance (R I P) Mathew 4rm cali

  10. Glory

    April 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Na wa o wetin con happen to dis great fighter, America Govt should be hold responsible.RIP, Nigeria has lost a great icon.

  11. Maryam hussain

    April 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    May him soul rest in peace

  12. Ebenezer one of gembu kaka qtrs

    April 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    May God have mercy on him coz diz is quite preposterous.

  13. kunle

    April 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM


  14. ndiribe gloria

    April 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    may ur gentle soul rest in peace.

  15. Diana

    April 12, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    The man in that picture is not Felix. He was a dear friend of mine and I am devastated by the news. Please find his accurate photograph. That man is not him.

    • jeff

      April 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      i was going to say the same thing, alot of websites are doing this, the fighter in the photo is Antonio Phillips, R.I.P Pablo real cool dude winner in my eyes man

  16. Diana

    April 12, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    The man in that picture is not Felix. He was a dear friend of mine and I am devastated by the news. Please find his accurate photograph. That man is not him.

    And he was fighting in Michigan. He lives in Hamilton (near Toronto), Canada but the fight was in USA.

  17. dare balogun

    April 12, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Why not stop the fight before getting out of hand 2nd round. R.I.P

  18. Miebi John

    April 12, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    what a pity,may his soul rest in perfect peace,and give his family the fortitude to bear this great lost in Jesus Name…..AMEN.

  19. Azubike

    April 12, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    may his soul rest in sompesons or somone must be hold responsible

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