There was a scary moment coming out of last night’s Strikeforce show in San Jose, Calif. when Sean Salmon, fighting in place of Yuki Sasaki, was knocked out by Jorge Santiago during the promotion’s semifinal of a one-night middleweight tournament.
According to reports, Salmon suffered an apparent seizure and was taken out of the cage via stretcher and transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The good news is that Salmon does not appear to have suffered any life-threatening injuries, as Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has reported the following:
Salmon had what is believed to have been a seizure in the ring. He is okay now but they have taken him to the Valley Medical Center trauma center.
Salmon’s CT scan was negative. No bleeding of the brain and no skull fracture.
While Salmon appears to be okay, his career as a fighter in the state of California is uncertain:
Armando Garcia of the CSAC said that the doctors will decide, but said there is a chance they wouldn’t sanction him to fight again.
Garcia is the executive director of the California State Athletic Commission. It’s interesting that he would even go on the record to speculate whether the commission would sanction Salmon again. Garcia has a background in law enforcement and really isn’t qualified to be addressing Salmon’s fighting future just minutes after he had sustained an injury.
Salmon’s reported seizure comes on the heels of a life-threatening injury to Sammy Vazquez, who has been in critical condition, since suffering a knockout in a fight that took place on Oct. 20, according to The Fight Network
Vazquez has been in a critical care unit at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center following a third round knockout loss to Vince Libardi on a Renegades Extreme Fighting card in Houston, Texas.
The Fight Network has not updated Vazquez’s status since Nov. 15.