There is some very sad news in the mixed martial arts community, as news of João Carvalho’s death has been reported. Carvalho died on Monday, after complications from injuries suffered during a welterweight bout over the weekend.
Carvalho was defeated by Charlie Ward at a Total Extreme Fighting in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday.
After the loss, Carvalho fell ill and was transported to the hospital. At the hospital, Carvalho underwent immediate brain surgery and remained in critical condition for 48 hours until his death.
Carvalho, who is teammates with UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, told officials after the bout that he was feeling tired, but said he was not hurt.
“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho,” SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanaugh said, via Facebook. “On Saturday, April 9, the fighter suffered a medical issue following his three round TKO stoppage loss at a Total Extreme Fighting (TEF) Championship event at the National Stadium in Dublin Ireland. IAPA is working diligently with TEF to gather and evaluate all relevant facts and event processes and will participate in any investigation. Our condolences and thoughts, though, are with Joao’s family and friends and we kindly ask everyone to respect their privacy at this time.”
According to the Irish Times, a full investigation would be launched into João Carvalho’s death.
Our deepest condolences go out to Carvalho’s friends and family as they deal with this difficult loss.
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