A 28-year-old Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter has been rushed to hospital after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.
Cris Lencioni, 28, of Portland, Oregon is currently fighting for his life in the intensive care unit (ICU) after his heart stopped unexpectedly on June 8.
Lencioni is in the featherweight division in Bellator.
According to a report from the Gateway Pundit, Lencioni is described as being in “peak physical condition” by his family and friends.
“On June 8th Cris suffered a cardiac arrest,” Lencioni’s family said on GoFundMe.
“As you can imagine this was completely unexpected considering he is only 28 and in peak physical condition.
“Cris is currently in the ICU in his biggest fight yet.
“We believe in the goodness of God, and we don’t know anyone with more will, strength, and determination than Cris.
“Cris has already overcome so much in his life, and we have faith in his ability to overcome any obstacle.
“Cris has made a significant impact on those in his life and community.
“He is quite a character, quick to tease and make jokes, has the most infectious laugh, and is always so full of light and life.
“Cris is a natural entertainer, his MMA persona makes him so fun to watch,” the family said.
“He loves working with children and has often made sure kids were able to participate in tournaments and train BJJ in his gym regardless of their ability to pay.
“He has always talked about the importance of mentoring kids and being there to support kids who are struggling with hard things.
“His gym and kids’ program is his passion project.
“Cris is a loving husband to Marca and father to an almost 2-year-old little boy (little Cris).”
Sunshine got his nickname because he’s always in a bright and cheerful mood. This is a young man who prepared his whole life for a fight and it appears he just found one.
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— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) June 19, 2023
He’s on a four-fight winning streak.
His last win came against Blake Smith via submission back in April.