It's been reported Thornton, who was 38, suffered a spinal injury as a result of his head first fall and had been placed on a ventilator in the hospital though no cause of death has yet been released. Thornton had lost his last five MMA fights dating back to 2017. Overall, he'd been knocked out 11 times in his 24 MMA bouts including 8 knockouts suffered in the first round. One of those first round knockouts came at the hands of Cleckler back in 2013, yet the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and the Mississippi Athletic Commission still approved the rematch between the two men.
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