A rising female amateur MMA fighter has tragically died after collapsing in the ring during a fight in Southampton on Saturday evening, organisers say.

Iranian-born kickboxer Saeideh Aletaha, 26, from Salisbury, Wilshire, was said to be a dedicated amateur athlete, who suffered a serious brain injury.

She was taken to Southampton General Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning where she sadly died later that day, it has been confirmed.

Exile Gym, in Southampton, posted the news on its Facebook account around 2pm today.

Saeideh Aletaha, pictured in training, collapsed in the fighting ring

A statement read: "Following the show Saturday we regret to announce that one of our teammates unfortunately suffered an injury leaving her in a critical condition.

"Saeideh Aletaha was a lovely character with a beautiful soul. Her dedication to the sport was 110% travelling miles every day just to train.

"She found her place with us just a few months ago but has become apart of the family and will be sorely missed."

It continued: "This news comes as a devastating blow to us all at the gym and the whole community.

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"If there are any questions or if anyone feels they need support at this time please please do contact us."

Police confirmed she later died and an investigation has now been launched into the death of Saeideh who was fighting in the 19th instalment of the Fast & Furious Fight Series.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: "We were called shortly before 1am on Sunday 17 November by colleagues at Southampton General Hospital informing us of a woman who was being treated in hospital for a life-threatening brain injury.

"The woman, aged 26, died in hospital later that day.

Saeideh Aletaha has been praised by her club for being dedicated and a "beautiful soul"

"Enquiries into exactly what happened are ongoing.

"Next of kin have been informed."

A spokesman for the South Central Ambulance Service told Mirror Online: "We had a call from Central Hall in Southampton at just after 10 minutes to 9pm.

"The call stated there was a patient who had been fighting in a martial arts sport and had collapsed.

"We sent an ambulance, and there were medical staff at the scene.

"The patient was taken to hospital and handed over in a serious and life-threatening condition."

Organisers of the Fast & Furious Series bout she was taking part in also paid their respects, adding that the matches are made as safe as possible.

Saeideh Aletaha's club made the devastating announcement on Monday

A statement on the Fast & Furious Series Facebook page said: "All competitors get in prepared that they may be injured and this is something not expected to happen 99.9% of the time.

"But, it can and in this we make the environment as safe as possible with pre and post medicals from a doctor, and full medical cover through out with Doctor, Paramedic and Ambulance on site alongside our experienced team of staff with numerous first aiders, safety is not something ever skimped on in any of our 19 shows and all matches are made equal.

"Thoughts of course go out to all family, friends and teammates, if anyone needs any support please come to us or your coaches.

"Thank you to our team on the night who acted with utmost professionalism and carried their duties out above and beyond to react to the situation, and again we are here for any of you that needs it in this sad time."