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MMA veteran Katy Collins dead at 32 from brain aneurysm complications


A veteran mixed martial arts fighter has lost the ultimate fight.

Katy Collins, who racked up a 7-5 record in professional cage fights, died Wednesday from complications of a brain aneurysm she suffered five days earlier.

“The fight is over. You never stopped fighting and we never gave up on you,” wrote her coach J.T. Tilley in an emotional Facebook post. “Just wasn’t in the cards.”

Dubbed “Red Dragon,” Collins sported a 2-1 record under the Bellator MMA banner, before her switch to the Legacy Fighting Alliance. Her final bout was in 2018, according to SB Nation.

She also competed in about a dozen fights on the amateur circuit.

“I’ve always been so proud of you, Kate. We did it,” Tilley wrote. “I was honored to be able to live your dream with you. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I will miss you more than the world will ever know.”

Collins competed in her first professional fight in 2011, according to Heavy, which also reported that she lost her final three bouts and that her final victory came in July 2017.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay her medical expenses. She also leaves behind two sons.

“On Wednesday, Katy peacefully left this Earth,” wrote her friend Sarah Jones on Collins’ donation page. “Katy leaves behind so many loved ones, family and friends who care so much for her.”