MMA Fighter Dies Moments Before Shooto’s Weigh-Ins in Brazil



Tragedy has struck the Brazilian MMA community.

MMA fighter Leandro "Feijao" Souza (1-1), a member of Nova Uniao and Delfim Cacadores, died on Thursday while cutting weight for Friday's Shoot Brazil 43 card in Rio de Janeiro. Feijao, who was slated to fight Gabriel Brasil (1-1) in flyweight action, was cutting the final pounds for the official weigh-ins when he passed out, and his death was confirmed moments later.

"We are sad to report the death of Leandro Caetano de Souza," Shooto president Andre Pederneiras wrote on his Facebook page. "The athlete has passed away in Botafogo’s UPA. We don’t know the reasons why yet. We would like to express our condolences to all friends and family."

MMAFighting.com confirmed the news with Shooto officials, but there is still no information on the cause of the death.

"He passed out before the weigh-ins and was taken to the hospital," Feijao’s teammate Andre Santos posted on his Facebook account today. "I don’t know the cause of his death yet."
Very sad and disturbing. I hope they can identify what went wrong.