ONE Championship’s Yang Jian Bing Dies After Weigh In For Event

Yang Jian Bing, a 21-year-old fighter scheduled to fight today at the ONE Championship 35, has died after his weight cut for the event.

ONE Championship officials today announced his passing.

Bing (5-1), a Chinese fighter who started his career on a 5-0 run before a June split-decision loss to Ze Wu in a ONE Championship tournament, was scheduled to fight fellow flyweight Geje Eustaquio (6-4) at today’s “Spirit of Champions” event in the Philippines.

However, officials canceled the bout when Yang struggled to make weight prior to Thursday’s weigh-ins. He never officially weighed in for the event.

In a Facebook post, Eustaquio said his opponent “was rushed to the hospital due to dehydration and possible heat stroke.”

Just prior to the start of today’s event, ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui posted a Facebook update and stated the “cause of death is still being determined” but that the organization will “work closely with the family and offer all the support they need in any way we can.”

The organization released this official statement, without mentioning the fighter’s weight cut.

The ONE Championship (ONE) family suffered a tragic loss when Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing passed away on 11 December 2015 at 12.06 PM due to cardiopulmonary failure. The formal hospital medical reports and procedures are still being carried out. He was 21 years old.

Yang, a native of China was hospitalized at the San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay, Philippines, after a sudden collapse on the morning of 10 December 2015.

At the hospital, Yang received the best medical care possible while ONE officials continuously updated his family directly from his hospital bedside.

CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui said, “There is nothing more profoundly tragic and sad than when a member of the ONE Championship family, current or past, passes away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Yang Jian Bing. We will work closely with the family and offer all the support they need in any way we can during this very difficult time.I want to thank all sports fans around the world for their concern, thoughts and prayers. At this time, we appreciate everyone respecting the Yang family’s privacy as they mourn the loss of their beloved son and brother.”

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