Prayers are certainly needed as the family of Cris Lencioni says the Bellator featherweight is in “his biggest fight yet” after he suffered a cardiac arrest.
Lencioni, an MMA fighter who competes in Bellator, is “currently in the ICU. His family said in a post on GoFundMe that he suffered a medical incident on June 8 and remains hospitalized. His family is hoping to raise money to support him during this difficult time.
“On June 8th Cris suffered a cardiac arrest,” the description read. “As you can imagine this was completely unexpected considering he is only 28 and in peak physical condition. Cris is currently in the ICU in his biggest fight yet.
“We believe in the goodness of God, and we don’t know anyone with more will, strength, and determination than Cris. Cris has already overcome so much in his life, and we have faith in his ability to overcome any obstacle.
“Cris has made a significant impact on those in his life and community. He is quite a character, quick to tease and make jokes, has the most infectious laugh, and is always so full of light and life. Cris is a natural entertainer, his MMA persona makes him so fun to watch.
“He loves working with children and has often made sure kids were able to participate in tournaments and train BJJ in his gym regardless of their ability to pay. He has always talked about the importance of mentoring kids and being there to support kids who are struggling with hard things. His gym and kids’ program is his passion project.”
Lencioni, who is from Portland, Oregon, is a rising star in the featherweight division in Bellator.
Lencioni, who is 11-3 MMA, 6-2 BMMA, is scheduled to fight James Gallagher on Aug. 11 at Bellator 298, although the matchup figures to be in jeopardy under the current circumstances.
He is currently on a four-fight winning streak, including two victories in his return to Bellator. He took a split decision from Cody Law last December, then submitted Blake Smith this past April at Bellator 294.
Right now, he is in the biggest fight of his life as his family and friends are praying he can make it out of this and come back to them.
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