Portuguese Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter João Carvalho has died from head injuries sustained in a bout in Dublin last weekend.
Carvalho received a blow to the head and was rushed to Beaumont Hospital but has since died despite emergency brain surgery.
The deceased fighter was at the receiving end of a bad beating from Charlie “The Hospital” Ward, a member of Conor McGregor’s team, SBG Ireland.
Carvalho did not stay down but soon after he complained of feeling unwell and was rushed to hospital.
The 28-year-old died at 9.35pm on Monday night.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 João’s family. We have been in contact with his family and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time.”
The death will focus attention on the brutal sport especially in light of a Dublin neurologist’s claim that medical oversight was very poor at the fights.Irish Times before the Dublin show he had treated three brain hemorrhages associated with MMA fights in the last three years and worried a serious injury will lead to a fatality.
The promoter of the Cage Kings event told the Times Prof Healy’s views amounted to “scare tactics” and insisted full safety guidelines are in place.
Healy said “This is not a neurologist trying to get cage fighting banned. But it’s a sport where a man can drive his elbow into an eye socket with as much force as he can apply or kick him in the head with as much force as he can apply.”
Here’s a video of Joao Carvalho fighting Hugo Peixoto four months ago: