Family of woman killed in cage fight express ‘mismatch’ concerns

Winchester inquest hears claims that opponent was bigger and stronger than Saeideh Aletaha

The Guardian

Steven Morris

Tue 7 Sep 2021

The family of a mixed martial arts enthusiast who died after a blow to the head in a cage fight have expressed concern that she was “mismatched” with an opponent bigger and more muscular than her.

Saeideh Aletaha, a 26-year-old graduate, collapsed in a bathroom at the Central Hall in Southampton after a knockout in the third round of the contest.

At an inquest in Winchester, her family claimed her opponent, personal trainer Janie Morgan, 34, seemed bigger and stronger than Aletaha.

They claimed Aletaha seemed concerned about her opponent and stressed by the prospect of the contest. In a statement read out during the inquest, Aletaha’s family said: “Saeideh always used to send her picture with her opponent before each match. However, for her last match she had cut the picture of her opponent and sent only her own pictur

 

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