Joao Carvalho has died in hospital following head injuries suffered during a recent MMA fight in Dublin.
The Portuguese welterweight was up against Irishman Charlie Ward when the referee stopped the fight in the third round…following, he complained of feeling unwell and was eventually taken in for emergency brain surgery. He passed Monday evening following 48 hours in intensive care.
We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of João Carvalho’s and his teammates in Team Nobrega. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We’d also like to thank all sports fans for their concern and support. We will give whatever support we can to Joao’s family.
Fellow teammate Conor McGregor also released a statement, speaking not only on the tragedy but also the career that Carvalho partook in:
To see a young man doing what he loves, competing for a chance at a better life, and then to have it taken away is truly heartbreaking.
We are just men and women doing something we love in the hope of a better life for ourselves and our families. Nobody involved in combat sports of any kind wants to see this. It is such a rare occurrence that I don’t know how to take this.
Our condolences go out to Joao Carvalho’s family and friends. UPDATE: Ireland will reportedly be regulating mixed martial arts following Carvalho’s death.