The 26-year-old Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter died Thursday prior to the weigh-in for his next fight, a flyweight bout at Shooto 43 in Brazil, his Brazilian trainer confirmed on Facebook today.
According to Leandro's teammate, Andre Santos, the player was compelled to lose about 2 pounds from his weight to make the 126-pound required weight for the fight. The Institute of Forensic Medicine said Friday that the MMA fighter had suffered a stroke, adding that it was a "premature" one, which can be attributed to Souza's extreme means of shedding pounds.
Andre Pederneiras, the coach of the Brazilian-based Nova Uniao team, which has Jose Aldo and Renan Barao as members, broke Souza's death right away.
Santos was quoted by MMA Fighting, which first reported the news, saying that the fighter's death was related to his weight loss plan.
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