UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario is in the hospital and fighting for his life, after suffering a “catastrophic cardiovascular collapse”, Tuesday morning.

By way of a statement from his management team, it has been announced that the 30 year old is in a coronary unit and in critical condition.

Their statement reads as follows:   

“Official Statement: Shane Del Rosario had a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning. He was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. He is currently in the coronary care unit critically ill. Our prayers are with him and his family.”

Further, Shane’s training partner, Erik Apple, today posted to his Instagram a picture of the pair of them, with the following remark:

“Yesterday my friend had 2 heart attacks and he is still fighting for his life. I got to see him last night and hold his hand and I know he isn’t giving up so we shouldn’t either.”

As to how this has happened, the speculation will now surely begin.

As came out last week, Shane recently suffered a rib injury and one that was significant enough to cause him to scratch from next month’s UFC 168 card; Weidman / Silva II.

As it stands it’s going to be far too early to tell whether or not the injury and the Shane’s current state are related, but it’s oddly close in timing and would be suspect to most.

Sadly, this news falls on the heels of the loss of Leandro Feijao, who passed in September; Feijao suffered a stroke, while at the Shooto Brazil 43 weigh-ins.

From the LowKick staff and the members of the community, we would like to extend our most heartfelt prayers for Shane’s full recovery, and we send out our love and support to his family and friends, at this hour of their need; God bless Shane.