MMA Veteran Justin Thornton Passes Away Following Injuries Sustained At BKFC 20

MMA veteran, Justin Thornton, has sadly passed away at the age of 38 following injuries he sustained in a first-round knockout loss to Dillon Cleckler at BKFC 20 on August 20.

My MMA News' Eric Kowal was the first to report the tragic news of Thornton's passing via a tweet. BKFC President Dave Feldman confirmed Kowal's report as well with MMA Junkie and gave them the following statement in regards to his reaction to the news.

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“This morning we were very saddened to be notified of the passing of one of our fighters, Justin Thornton, who competed at BKFC-20 on August 20, 2021,” Feldman said. “We join the rest of the combat sports community in sending our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Thornton went 6-18 as a professional fighter, over the course of a career that spanned 24 fights. He had to be taken out of the ring on a stretcher following the loss to Cleckler and has been hospitalized since the fight, having to be put on a ventilator. There has been no report on the official cause of Thornton's death. Our entire team at Fightful would like to send our condolences to Justin's family and friends.

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