Female MMA fighter dies after brain injury during match

Saeideh Aletaha (centre) was rushed to the Southampton General Hospital but died the next day. (Shock-N-Awe Facebook pic)

LONDON: An amateur British-Iranian MMA fighter has died after suffering brain injury during her match in England.

The BBC reported that lightweight exponent Saeideh Aletaha was critically injured at a Fast and Furious Fight Series (FFS) in Southampton on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old engineer was rushed to the Southampton General Hospital but died the next day.

FFS said on their Facebook that Aletaha did not recover from her injury despite help from ringside doctor and paramedics.

Lookborai gym, where Aletaha was a member, paid tribute on their Facebook.

“Saeideh Aletaha was a lovely character with a beautiful soul. Her dedication to the sport was 110% travelling miles every day just to train,” the post read.

“She found her place with us just a few months ago but has become a part of the family and will be sorely missed.”

Hampshire police have launched an investigation into the incident.