MMA World Mourns as Kyle Reyes Passes Away at the Young Age of 30

Published 08/31/2021, 3:21 PM EDT


ACA and Tachi Palace Fights veteran Kyle Reyes is no more. The news of this tragic death came after the 30-year-old developed an infection after undergoing a surgical procedure for his torn bicep.

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According to the ‘Go Fund Me’ set up by his family, Reyes developed pneumonia in his left lung after the surgery. Soon after, Kyle Reyes was barely functioning on an oxygen level of fifty, which led to swelling in his brain, besides a high fever.

Later on, the infection reportedly spread to the rest of the lungs, leading to organ failure and imminent brain damage. However, after a week in the ICU, Reyes showed signs of recovery while on the ventilator.

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The fighter’s family was waiting on the results of an MRI scan, only to learn about his tragic passing last night.

Kyle Reyes was a longtime member of Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas. Upon hearing the news, several of Reyes’s training partners, friends, and family have posted heartfelt messages for Reyes and his family. 

Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick also took to Instagram to post a tribute to Kyle Reyes.   

“Sometimes things don’t make sense in life. There’s small reminders every day, and then there’s the ones that hit you with a hammer. Reminding you the fragility of life, and how important it is to cherish each moment we have. When I think of the word “Teammate,” I think of you, Kyle Reyes. One of the guys we could always count on to be there. Now it’s our turn to be there for you and your family. Rest easy, my brother.”  

 

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Kyle Reyes’s death is a humble reminder of the brutality of combat sports. Something to consider, especially at a point in time where celebrity boxing and MMA events are turning into a fad.

Kyle Reyes: A look at the featherweight’s fight record

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A twenty-two-fight veteran with a 15-7 record, Kyle Reyes, most recently fought under the ACA banner. Holding a record of 15-7, the 30-year-old was coming off a TKO loss against Bibert Tumenov.

During his career, Kyle Reyes competed with future RIZIN star Yusuke Yachi, and UFC fighters like Nohelin Hernandez and Rolando Dy. ‘Boom’ also took on current UFC featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski under the PXC banner, losing a unanimous decision.

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A true veteran of the sport, Kyle Reyes, will be remembered fondly for his performances inside the cage.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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