MMA fighter passes away in hospital following Dublin bout

Joao Carvalho: Passed away in hospital
Joao Carvalho: Passed away in hospital

MMA fighter Joao Carvalho has died in hospital as a result of injuries he received at an event in Dublin over the weekend.

The Portuguese fighter lost by TKO to Charlie Ward at the Total Extreme Fighting event at the National Stadium in Dublin over the weekend.

He fell ill around 20 minutes after the fight and was rushed to Beaumont Hospital.

His team, Nobrega, said that he passed away in Beaumont Hospital at 9.35pm last night.  

The translated message said: “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."

MMA has exploded in popularity in Ireland in recent years thanks to the success of Conor McGregor in the UFC.