Portuguese Fighter Joao Carvalho Dies Following MMA Loss
MMAJunkie – Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho has died following a loss last weekend at an event in Dublin.
Carvalho (1-2), 28, suffered head injuries during a third-round TKO loss to Irish welterweight Charlie Ward at the Total Extreme Fighting event, which took place April 9 at National Stadium.
According to a TEF statement sent to MMAjunkie, medical personnel examined Carvalho after the fight and sent him to a local hospital for “emergency treatment,” which included brain surgery on Saturday. He ultimately died on Monday.
“We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Joao Carvalho’s and his teammates in Team Nobrega,” TEF CEO Cesar Silva said in a statement. “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.
“We have been in contact with his family, and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time.”
This is terrible news and my condolences go out to Joao Carvalho’s family and friends. As a fan of the sport you forget how much risk these fighters take stepping into the ring. They have the training to intelligently defend themselves but you can’t predict when something like this will occur. It is awful; I hope there is an investigation to make sure all safety protocols were followed and I hope people celebrate Joao Carvalho’s life. I don’t know much about him, but I assume he was doing MMA because he loved it. I don’t think you get into a sport like this unless you want to challenge yourself to be a better martial artist.