Amateur MMA Fighter Suffers Cardiac Arrest During Indiana Event

Isaiah Abels amateur MMA fighter
Isaiah Abels, SICP weigh-in Credit: Facebook

An amateur mixed martial artist competing at a Southern Indiana Combat Production event in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday is in hospital after going into cardiac arrest during his fight.

21-year old Isaiah Abels, competing in his third amateur MMA bout, had entered the second round of his fight with Saevon Canto at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 4 when, following a takedown attempt, he appeared to enter medical distress.

An account of the incident by Abels’ brother posted to social media revealed that the ref was initially unaware of the issue, believing a stoppage had occurred. However, medical staff soon realized what had happened. “They got his heart going as they assisted his breathing. We rushed to the hospital. A hour or so later Isaiah was stabilized.”

I don’t know what you believe in, but the fear of God was put into all of us last night. Words can’t even describe. I’m grateful for everyone praying and thinking about him, but I really wanna thank the medical professionals along with God. Again, I don’t know to what degree you believe in God, but please continue to keep Isaiah in your thoughts and prayers. Please, God. Please everyone. Please. I love you Isaiah Lee,” the message finished.

The event in question, SICP 2: The 2nd Coming, had its remaining fights cancelled. The promotion released a statement on Sunday addressing the matter.

We thank everyone for showing your support through this whole situation.

First, we want to wish a speedy recovery to Isaiah Abels in hopes that he can regain all strength and abilities as quick as possible. To him and his family, we will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Next, we want to thank the cage side doctors and first responders who worked briskly to provide care to Isaiah. You are greatly appreciated.

To our fans, we thank you for attending the event last night, in person or by ppv. Please hold all ticket stubs and receipts, and stay tuned for more information. We want to thank all who were in attendance last night for the overwhelming support shown to our fighters and your understanding and patience in the matter. Please continue to keep Isaiah and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you
SICP Family

Evans is 2-0 as an amateur in MMA, having won bouts in 2021 and 2022 in the lightweight division.