UPDATE: UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor issues lengthy statement regarding the tragic death of Joao Carvalho less than 48 hours after being knocked out by his teammate, Charlie Ward, at TEF event on Saturday. Read what McGregor had to say about Carvalho’s death and being ringside during the fight this past Saturday by clicking here.
Joao Carvalho, 28, died following a third round knockout loss against Conor McGregor teammate Charlie Ward at the Total Extreme Fighting (TEF) event on Saturday evening in Dublin, Ireland.
You can watch the final minute of the fight between Carvalho and Ward from this past weekend above.
Carvalho, a Portuguese welterweight fighter, who fought against Ward on Saturday night at the National Boxing Stadium, passed away at 9:35pm local time on Monday.
According to his team, Nobrega Team, TEF followed all the safety protocols after the fight, including rushing Carvalho to the Beaumont Hospital 20 minutes after the fight when he started to feel bad. Carvalho underwent brain surgery immediately and stayed in critical condition for 48 hours.
Since the tragic news became clear, both SBG Coach John Kavanagh, as well as the TEF pronotion released statements. Below, in order, are Kavanagh’s and TEF’s official statements:
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho. 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.
Here is the statement released by the Total Extreme Fighting organization:
The TEF Team is deeply saddened by the news of João Carvalho’s death. Last night 11th of April, mixed martial artist João Carvalho passed away after 2 days of the best medical care and treatment in Beaumont Hospital following his three round TKO stoppage defeat on Saturday 9th April at the National Stadium in Dublin.
Following the referee stoppage João, who was representing Portuguese club Team Nobrega, was assessed by doctors and medical staff at the onsite medical office as per normal procedure. It was determined that he should be sent to hospital. In hospital he received emergency treatment and transferred to ICU later that evening. Formal hospital medical reports and procedures are still being carried out. João was 28 years of age.
Cesar Silva, CEO of TEF said “We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of João Carvalho’s and his teammates 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.”