Italian MMA fighter Iuri Lapicus dies in hospital after spending three days in a coma following tragic motorcycle accident
MMA fighter, Iuri Lapicus has died after spending three days in a coma following a motorcycle accident in Italy.
Lapicus reportedly lost control of his motorbike and collided with the car of a 69-year-old woman in the Milan province of Pogliano Milanese last Friday.
When police and ambulance services arrived on the scene, they found the 27-year-old in a coma, thrown several feet by the force of the crash. He was airlifted to Niguarda hospital where he was treated for three days, but did not recover.
The Moldavian-Italian fighter had taken part in 16 professional MMA fights, winning 14 of them in an unbroken run before conceding for the first time in 2020. Four of those wins were by knockout, and the rest by submission, with 13 to come in the first round.
In 2019, he joined the ONE Championship, and his last fight, against Sweden’s Zebaztian Kadestam, was in August 2022.
In 2021, he faced his most high-profile opponent, Eddie Alvarez, who fought Conor McGregor at UFC 205, and was initially the winner after Alvarez was disqualified for illegal strikes to the back. of the head of Lapicus.
The bout was later deemed a no contest.
According to Corriere della Sera, Lapicus is one of three Italian fighters to have fought in a worldwide promotion, alongside Marvin Vettori in the UFC and Alessio Sakara in Bellator.