Rising MMA star Cris Lencioni in ICU after cardiac arrest, household says he is ‘in his greatest struggle but’

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By Stacy Connor


Cris Lencioni, an MMA fighter who competes in Bellator, is “at the moment within the ICU in his greatest struggle but” after struggling a cardiac arrest earlier this month, his household mentioned on Monday.

Lencioni’s household mentioned in a submit on GoFundMe that he suffered a medical incident on June 8 and stays hospitalized. His household is hoping to lift cash to assist him throughout this troublesome time.

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Cris Lencioni fights Blake Smith

Cris Lencioni and Blake Smith Struggle in a featherweight bout throughout Bellator 294 on April 21, 2023, at Blaisdell Enviornment in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Matt Davies/PxImages/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

“On June eighth Cris suffered a cardiac arrest,” the outline learn. “As you possibly can think about this was utterly surprising contemplating he’s solely 28 and in peak bodily situation. Cris is at the moment within the ICU in his greatest struggle but. 

“We consider within the goodness of God, and we don’t know anybody with extra will, energy, and willpower than Cris. Cris has already overcome a lot in his life, and we think about his capability to beat any impediment.

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“Cris has made a big impression on these in his life and group. He’s fairly a personality, fast to tease and make jokes, has probably the most infectious snort, and is at all times so full of sunshine and life. Cris is a pure entertainer, his MMA persona makes him so enjoyable to observe. 

“He loves working with youngsters and has typically made positive children have been capable of take part in tournaments and prepare BJJ in his gymnasium no matter their capability to pay. He has at all times talked in regards to the significance of mentoring children and being there to assist children who’re combating onerous issues. His gymnasium and children’ program is his ardour undertaking.”

Former MMA star Chael Sonnen supplied his ideas and prayers to Lencioni’s household.

Cris Lencioni gets weighed

Cris Lencioni steps on the scales and face off on the ceremonial weigh ins on April 21, 2023, at Blaisdell Enviornment in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Matt Davies/PxImages/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

“Sunshine bought his nickname as a result of he’s at all times in a vibrant and cheerful temper. This can be a younger man who ready his complete life for a struggle and it seems he simply discovered one,” he tweeted.

Lencioni, who’s from Portland, Oregon, is a rising star within the featherweight division in Bellator.

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He’s on a four-fight successful streak together with his final win coming in opposition to Blake Smith through submission again in April.



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