Joao Carvalho Dies Following Fight vs. Charlie Ward

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2016

The chain link fence of the Octagon during UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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MMA fighter Joao Carvalho has died after being stopped by Charlie Ward, a team-mate of Conor McGregor's at Straight Blast Gym, on Saturday.

Carvalho was hospitalised after the fight and required "a procedure on his brain." He died at 9:35 p.m. BST on Monday, according to the Independent, with his coaching team confirming the news on Facebook. In the post, his trainer Vitor Nobrega wrote he was "deeply saddened and dismayed":

Ward defeated Carvalho via technical knockout in their Total Extreme Fighting welterweight bout in the National Stadium in Dublin. TEF CEO Cesar Silva said:

We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of [Carvalho] and his team-mates 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. We have been in contact with his family and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time.

On Monday, it was reported the Portuguese fighter was examined by medical staff in the ring per the Star (h/t the Independent). Nobrega revealed on Facebook he became "very ill" after suffering the third-round stoppage and was subsequently "rushed to hospital," where the Star (h/t the Independent) reported he was in critical condition.


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