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Cris Lencioni, Bellator MMA fighter suffers cardiac arrest, fundraiser launched

“Sunshine” Cris Lencioni (11-3) is in the fight of his life as the professional mixed martial artist, currently under Bellator MMA contract, is intensive care after collapsing in the gym on June 8.

Lencioni, 28, suffered cardiac arrest according the an online crowdfunding campaign set up to support the fighter and his family through this difficult time.  That GoFundMe was generated just hours ago and as of press time is already approaching $10,000.

It is uncertain at this time as to what may have caused Lencioni to suffer cardiac arrest. The featherweight contender is scheduled to face James Gallagher on August 11 and is on a four-fight win streak that dates back to last April.

The link to the fundraiser reads, “On June 8th Cris suffered a cardiac arrest. 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.

“Cris is a loving husband to Marca and father to an almost 2-year-old little boy (little Cris). Cris and Marca met in college and quickly realized they are the love of each other’s lives. They have been inseparable since and have been married since October 20, 2018. June of 2021, they welcomed little Cristopher into their lives and Cris is the proudest father ever. He often takes little Cris to work outs with him and to the gym. Little Cris has already started to work on some BJJ moves and striking. If you follow Cris’ Instagram then you have seen the daily stories he posts of them walking to the local market with little Cris stopping at his regular spot to terrorize the shrubs. All while daddy encourages him to “get it.”

“Cris is first in line to help others when in need. Cris has dedicated his life and time helping others grow and helping his family grow. Now Cris could really use your help. Please consider supporting him financially and continue to lift Cris, Marca, and little Cris up in your prayers.”

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