Sam Kitchener passes away aged 23

Fight News Australia would like to extend their condolences to the family, team-mates and friends of Ronin Academy fighter Sam “The Saiyan” Kitchener who passed away last week. The 23-year-old was a regular in Mackay promotion Carnage in the Cage and headlined their last event just last month. Kitchener had also competed in Hex Fight Series, Valor and Airlie Fight Night.

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