MMA Fighter Dies of Head Injuries, Conor McGregor Releases Statement (Video)

Joao Carvalho

Sad news from the MMA world as they lost one of their own on Monday when fighter Joao Carvalho was pronounced dead due to head injuries sustained during a Total Extreme Fighting event on Saturday.

Carvalho lost the fight to Charlie Ward via TKO in the third round. The Portuguese fighter was noticeably groggy immediately after the referee called the fight, but he’s said to have been “walking, talking and smiling” afterwards, according to Eventmed owner Katarzyna Michlic, who provided the medical personnel for the event.

Carvalho’s condition eventually began to deteriorate later on that night, at which point he was taken to Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital, where he had brain surgery on Saturday before passing away two days later.

Here’s a look at the final minute of Carvalho’s fight:

Being a teammate of Charlie Ward, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was ringside for the fight to show his support. He released the following statement on his Facebook page regarding the tragic incident:

Here’s a transcript of the entire statement:

Terrible news regarding Joao Carvalho.

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.

I was ringside supporting my teammate, and the fight was so back and forth, that I just can’t understand it.
My condolences go out to Joao’s family and his team. Their man was a hell of a fighter and will be sorely missed by all.

Combat sport is a crazy game and with the recent incident in boxing and now this in MMA, it is a sad time to be a fighter and a fight fan.

It is easy for those on the outside to criticise our way of living, but for the millions of people around the world who have had their lives, their health, their fitness and their mental strength all changed for the better through combat, this is truly a bitter pill to swallow. We have lost one of us.

I hope we remember Joao as a champion, who pursued his dream doing what he loved, and show him the eternal respect and admiration he deserves.

Rest in peace, Joao.

MMA fighters go into every fight knowing they face the risk of sustaining a serious injury, but they probably never expect those injuries to cost them their life. Sadly, it happens. And when it does, it’s always a tough pill to swallow for those closest to the situation.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of Joao Carvalho.

Hat Tip – [MMA Junkie]

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