Many prominent MMA fighters say you have to be willing to die in the cage in order to compete. On Friday, one fighter did.

Middleweight CJ Hancock, 32, said he died in the cage and needed to be revived by paramedics after collapsing to the ground during a fight at the Legacy Fighting Alliance event at Arena Theatre in Houston Friday night.

Hancock, who collapsed during the second round, said his heart stopped and he suffered kidney failure but is now “okay,” the fighter wrote in a Facebook post published late Friday night.

“Well I died tonight in the cage…. I’m okay. Thanks everyone. I’ll reply when I can,” Hancock wrote. “My heart stopped, and I had kidney failure, they did cpr and hit me with the EKG twice and brought me back.”

Hancock says doctors told him he shouldn’t fight again as a result of the scary incident.

“I’m broken, I guess I’ll just be a coach from now on,” Hancock wrote, adding he may compete in Brazilian jiu-jitsu once he’s fully healthy.

Hancock said he’s “unsure why it happened” but explains he had a hard time cutting weight in order to make the required weigh-in for the fight.

Hancock made weight at 170.5 pounds. He previously fought on the amateur level as high as 205 pounds, according to

LFA CEO Ed Soares said in a statement sent to Hancock (2-3) collapsed to the ground a few seconds after he received a body kick from his opponent Charlie Ontiveros (9-5).

“It’s a very unfortunate situation where C.J. Hancock took a body kick during his fight,” Soares said in the statement. “After the kick landed, there was a few second delay, and then he collapsed in the cage. Our cutman David Maldonado immediately recognized the problem and signaled to the medical team sitting cageside. They were able to resuscitate and stabilize C.J. and took him to the hospital via ambulance where they determined he had suffered kidney failure. C.J. is currently recovering and in the company of his friends and family.”

Ontiveros was awarded a win by technical knockout as a result.

Main photo courtesy of Mike Jackson, Esq/TheTruthJackson.