Junior welterweight Maxim Mad Max Dadashev died on Tuesday morning as a result of brain injuries suffered due to an 11-round loss to Subriel Matias on Friday night at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Dadashev was 28 years old.
Buddy McGirt, Dadashev’s trainer, decided to stop the fight after the 11th round. “I’m going to stop it, Max. Max, you’re getting hit too much.”
Dadashev shook his head to indicate he did not want the fight stopped, but McGirt kept at it: “Please, Max, please. Let me do this. Ok? Ok? Look at me. Please.”
Dadashev shook his head again and McGirt said, “If I don’t, the referee’s gonna do it. C’mon, Max. Please.”
McGirt didn’t wait for Dadashev to agree. “That’s it, Doc,” he told the ringside physician. Then he turned to referee Kenny Chevalier: “That’s it.”
McGirt said his first thought of throwing in the towel in the ninth round, but after the 11th round he knew he had to stop it.
Despite walking out of the ring on his own, Dadashev soon stumbled and started vomiting into a bucket. Unable to walk to the locker room, Dadashev was immediately hospitalized where he underwent emergency surgery to relieve swelling from his brain. He suffered a subdural hemotoma, bleeding on the brain, during the technical-knockout defeat to Matias.
Dadashev is survived by his wife and son. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.