MMA fighter dies following TKO loss in Ireland

Tragic news from Ireland asPortuguese fighter Joao Carvalho died Monday following a TKO loss to Charlie Ward at Total Extreme Fighting 1 in the National Stadium in Dublin. Ward is a teammate of UFC star Conor McGregor.

Carvalho’s death was confirmed via a Facebook post by his coach on the Team Nobrega Facebook page.

A Facebook translation of the statement from the original Portuguese reads:

“Note death The Nobrega Team comes this way confirm the death of her athlete Joao Carvalho,at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin by 21:35 hours. It is with great dismay and sadness that we write these words, saying that the death of the athlete João Carvalho happened after 48 hours in critical condition. During the TEF-MMA event, held on Saturday at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, where all safety rules are met, and after a match where the arbitration followed all the correct procedures and customary, the athlete John “Shaggy Dog” Carvalho felt bad, about 20 minutes after the end of combat.

“Still on the site he was immediately assisted by the medical team present, and then quickly transported to the Hospital Beaumont, where he underwent a brain surgery, after which the athlete remained in critical condition during the next 48 hours, finally died this Monday the 21:35 hours.

“Despite the ongoing medical care that had by the organization of the event and the Irish hospital, whom we thank for all their support in these difficult times, and although the risks of this sport are known, the death of João Carvalho in my point of professional view was a huge misfortune that leaves deeply saddened and dismayed, both your family, like all Nobrega team, who always accompanied João Carvalho throughout his career, where he was highlighting national and international level.

“It is with much regret that we present our sincere condolences to FAMILY and all Nobrega team. Vitor Nobrega.”

TEF CEO Cesar Silva gave a statement to Irish news site Sports Joe.

“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.”

Charlie Ward’s teammate Conor McGregor issued a statement on his Facebook page: “Tragic news from the event McGregor himself attended. Our condolences go to Carvalho’s family, friends, and team.”

This would be the fifth fatality in a sanctioned MMA bout since the 2007 death of Sam Vasquez in Houston, Texas. There have been at least 8 fatalities in unsanctioned MMA bouts since 1981.

We extend our condolences to Carvalho’s friends and family