Cris Lencioni, an MMA fighter who competes in Bellator, is «currently in the ICU in his biggest fight yet» after going into cardiac arrest earlier this month, his family said Monday.

Lencioni’s family said in a GoFundMe post that he suffered a medical incident on June 8 and remains hospitalized. His family hopes to raise money to support him during this difficult time.

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Cris Lencioni and Blake Smith fight in a featherweight bout during Bellator 294 on April 21, 2023 at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Matt Davies/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

«On June 8th Cris went into cardiac arrest,» the description read. «As you can imagine, this was completely unexpected considering that he is only 28 years old and in top physical condition. Cris is currently in the ICU in his biggest fight to date.

“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 a lot in his life and we have faith in his ability to overcome any obstacle.

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Chris Lencioni smiles

Cris Lencioni wins weight ahead of Bellator 289 on December 9, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, USA. (Matt Davies/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

«Cris has made a significant impact on those in his life and community. He is quite the character, quick to joke and crack jokes, has the most infectious laugh and is always so full of light and life. Cris is a natural entertainer, his character of MMA makes it so much fun to watch.

«He loves working with children and has often ensured that children are able to enter tournaments and train BJJ at his gym, regardless of their ability to pay. He has always spoken about the importance of mentoring children and being there to support children who have difficulties. with tough stuff. Her gym and kids program is her passion project.»

Former MMA star Chael Sonnen offered her thoughts and prayers to Lencioni’s family.

Cris Lencioni is weighed

Cris Lencioni steps on the scales and faces off at the ceremonial weigh-in on April 21, 2023 at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Matt Davies/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

«Sunshine got his nickname because he is always in a good mood and lighthearted. This is a young man who has prepared his entire life for a fight and looks like he just found one,» he tweeted.

Lencioni, who is from Portland, Oregon, is a rising star in the featherweight division at Bellator.

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He is on a four fight winning streak with his last victory coming against Blake Smith via submission in April.