Debuting MMA Fighter Christian Lubenga Dies, Days After KO Loss

Lubenga's death came shortly after his amateur MMA debut.

Christian Lubenga
(via @lubengachristian - Instagram)

27 year-old MMA fighter Christian Lubenga has died. 

Rest In Peace, Christian Lubenga

Lubenga’s death would come just three days after his amateur debut. He’d enter the fight at AMMO Fight League 10 on Saturday, March 12th in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Lubenga suffered a round 3 KO loss to Cody McCracken. The amateur fighter was transported to the hospital after the result, according to Fox 61

The cause of death is currently unknown and is currently being investigated. 

New England Mixed Martial Arts would release this statement following Lubenga’s death: 

“We will update the community as more details become public. Please keep Christian’s friends and family in your thoughts tonight during this difficult time, and hug your loved ones a little bit tighter.”


Lubenga trained out of Black Wolf Martial Arts in Orange, Connecticut. The team would pay a heartwarming tribute to their fallen member, who ‘brought life and light into any room he walked into’. 

“We are at a loss of words,” the gym wrote on Instagram. “This is what a nightmare looks like…. It can’t even be properly articulated with words and on a social media post nonetheless. We wanted to give the family some time to make their own decisions about how to go public with this before we spoke on it out of respect. While we ourselves are grieving and it’s difficult to even type this out we felt it appropriate to take a moment to say a few things.

“Christian wasn’t just any student. Christian was the kind of human who brought life and light into any room he walked into. Christian was our family. We shared laughs, stories, blood, sweat, tears. He’s the kind of person I aspire to be like and I wish more people were like him. Polite, professional, humble, always kind to everyone no matter what. We spent hundreds of thousands of hours together doing the things we were passionate about. Christian was a true martial artist in every aspect of the word and a true warrior. We love you Christian. We all love you.”

The team over here at Middle Easy sends our condolences to the friends and family of Christian Lubenga. 

Published on March 16, 2022 at 4:45 pm
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