BluegrassMMA has learned that amateur fighter Donshay White has passed away following his bout at Hardrock MMA 90 on Saturday night. The event took place at Expo Five in Louisville, Kentucky. Members of the BluegrassMMA staff were cageside at the event.
White competed in a heavyweight bout against Ricky Muse. It was his first bout since November 2015. The fight was stopped due to unanswered blows at 2:22 in the second round. White was responsive to referee Gary Copeland during the bout, and the fight was stopped after he failed to protect himself against Muse.
After the bout, White appeared to be exhausted and immediately received medical attention. Upon making his way to the backstage area under his own power, he collapsed and became unresponsive. He received CPR backstage and was transported via ambulance to KentuckyOne Health Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital hospital. It is unknown at this time the actual cause of death.
During the ninth fight of the evening between Matthew Schofield and Bryan Hamilton, the doctors were called to the back once more. Fighter Kalen Ray who competed in the previous bout also collapsed backstage. He received medical attention. He was also transported to the hospital.
At this point, the event had no medical personnel remaining on site, and the decision was made by the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission to cancel the remainder of the event.
We are still awaiting official comment from the promotion and the athletic commission at this time.
BluegrassMMA will keep you updated on any additional information that becomes available.
White was 37 years old.
*Update: We originally reported that White was transported to the University of Louisville hospital. He was transported to KentuckyOne Health Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.
**Update: The article was updated to clarify that there were indeed medical personnel onsite for the entire event as per KBWC regulations. Both White and Ray received medical attention immediately. BluegrassMMA has also learned that Ray has recovered and is in good condition.