The MMA world is in shock after a fighter in India died he was floored by a brutal punch to head during a kickboxing fight.

An MMA fighter has died after being punched in the head during a championship kickboxing bout.

Authorities have launched a probe into the organisers of the contest after kickboxer Nikhil Suresh, 23, died on Wednesday.

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The Sun reports horror footage shows him collapse to the ground after being punched in the face by his opponent last Sunday.

The referee then declared the end of the fight as Nikhil lays their motionless.

Panicked onlookers rushed to help Nikhil and he was rushed to hospital, where he died four days later from his injuries.

Nikhil, who started kickboxing two years ago, was taking part in a state-level K-1 kickboxing championship organised by K-1 Kickboxing Association of Karnataka in India.

His devastated dad lodged a complaint with police over his son’s death, accusing the organisers of negligence.

Police visited the venue, the Rapid Fitness Gym in Jnanabharati, on Friday, reports Times of India.

A police source told the outlet: “The spot inspection will play a vital role in proving or disproving negligence charges involving the organisers, as claimed by Nikhil’s father.”

Police say event organiser Naveen Ravishankar is still missing.

Nikhil’s grief-stricken coach Vikram Nagaraj described him as a “beautiful soul” in an emotional tribute.

He said: “With profound sadness, I shoulder the burden of breaking the terrible news that we all dreaded.

“My boy Nikhil decided to hang his gloves today.

“His beautiful soul left us behind after a hard-fought battle in the early hours of today in spite of the best medical attention.

“He will be etched eternally on our hearts and memories. I am shattered beyond words by my loss.

“Today I have lost a son. We pray almighty to give us all enough strength to bear the unbearable. My deepest condolences.”

Nikhil, who was tipped as the next big thing in MMA in India, recently participated in the 6th Open MMA Championship in Karnataka after featuring in the 5th MMA India Nationals in Madhya Pradesh.

This article first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.

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