Fau Vake died after an alleged assault in Auckland‘s CBD. The mixed martial arts
community is mourning the death of top fighter Fau Vake after injuries sustained in
an alleged assault in Auckland a week ago. City Kickboxing confirmed the 25-year-
old’s death in a statement on Sunday.
Vake – the father of a three-year-old girl – was reportedly hospitalized after being struck
with a ‘coward punch’ on a night out.
The City Kickboxing middleweight sadly never recovered from his fatal injuries.
A statement from CKB read: “It is with inexplicable sadness almost seven days to
the hour after his hospital admission, Fau’s fight to find his way back to us ended.
“At this tragic time, the Vake family and City Kickboxing ask for time to grieve and reflect
on the loss of Fau, a father, a son, and a much-loved brother to us all.
Vake’s passing prompted scores of tributes, which were led by his partner of ten years
She wrote on Instagram: “Ten years of memories together with you and it has been and
will forever be the best time of my life,” her post said.
“You’ve taught me what unconditional love really is, forgiveness, strength, and most of
all, shown me the power of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“You are the heart of your family and you are so loved.
“You’ve … touched many hearts. That’s the kind of person you were.”
Vake’s teammate, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, also paid tribute on
social media. Adesanya posted a conversation he had with the late Vake along with a
teary-eyed emoji to his Instagram story.