Adam Braidwood breaks silence on Tim Hague’s death: ‘I knew in the ring’
Adam Braidwood is the man who delivered the fatal punches to Tim Hague. He broke his silence today on the tragic death of the former UFC fighter, according to MMAJunkie.
Hague died at the age of 34 this Sunday after being taken off life support. He was knocked to the ground multiple times by Braidwood, a former Edmonton Eskimos football player, and was knocked out completely in the second round during their fight at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Although Hague eventually got up under his own power, he was soon rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors performed surgery to treat a brain injury.
Braidwood broke his silence today, first via Twitter:
„Rip brother you will live in my heart forever. I will fight for us both now, I know that’s what you would have wanted.“
He also spoke in an interview with CTV News, holding back tears on multiple occasions.
“It’s not a good thing for anyone involved,” Braidwood said. “I want to keep the focus on Tim and his family, especially his son. They’re the real victims here. … Just keep it about them the best that you can, because I’m still alive.”
Braidwood said he had a bad feeling once the fight was stopped.
“I knew, man. I knew in the ring,” Braidwood said before pausing to gather himself. “I just saw the way he fell. I waited on my knees for Tim to move after I did my stupid, little celebration. Like, I don’t care about that. People can say what they want. I waited on my knees. I watched him. I picked him up, because his team was struggling to pick him up. I carried him to the corner, and I could see in his face.”
Braidwood responded to journalists and critics on social media who believe the fight should’ve been stopped.
“What do they know? They don’t fight. He wanted to keep fighting,” Braidwood said. “Journalists, this, that, people who write stuff. They don’t know what they’re talking about. What kind of country-club lifestyle do they live, where they get to call the shots on what we do in there? …
“Tim wanted to keep fighting, and that’s what we do. If people have delusions about this sport, about what life is really like for someone like me, who has nothing else, they can walk in my shoes. I would’ve done the same thing. And he would’ve done the same thing to me, trust me.”
“It’s nobody’s fault. It’s not the ref’s fault,” he said. “The ref asked. And if you’re conscious, and you’re collective, and you have your stuff together … I saw the video. Tim was still there. And he said he wanted to keep fighting, so that’s what happened. That’s just the truth. There’s no speculation about it. He wanted to keep fighting, so we kept fighting.”