A BRITISH-IRANIAN amateur female kick-boxer Saeideh ‘Sai’ Aletaha, 26, suffered a serious brain injury during the K-1 contest at Central Hall in Southampton on Saturday night.
The amateur MMA fighter, who studied Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University, was taken to Southampton General Hospital in a critical state, in the early hours of Sunday morning and tragically died later that day
The lightweight martial arts fighter, described by her friends as a ‘beautiful soul’, took part in the Fast & Furious Fight event organised by Lookborai and Exile Gym, which is understood to have had doctors and paramedics present ringside
A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: ‘We were called shortly before 1am on Sunday 17 November by colleagues at Southampton General Hospital informing us of a woman who was being treated in hospital for a life threatening brain injury.
‘The woman, aged 26, died in hospital later that day. Enquiries into exactly what happened are ongoing. Next of kin have been informed
The gym where Miss Aletaha trained, Exile Gym Southampton, put out the following statement on their Facebook page:
Following the show Saturday we regret to announce that one of our team mates unfortunately suffered an injury leaving her in a critical condition that she tragically will not recover from.
Saeideh Aletaha was a lovely character with a beautiful soul. Her dedication to the sport was 110% travelling miles every day just to train.
She found her place with us just a few months ago but has become apart of the family and will be sorely missed.
This news comes as a devastating blow to us all at the gym and the whole community. Our thoughts and preys go out to her family.