One of their matches was with fighters Charlie Ward vs. Joao Carvalho where Joao went down in the third and the fight was ended as a TKO.
It’s a shame that this isn’t where the fight ended for Joao too because Ward’s TKO sent the Portuguese fighter, Joao Carvalho immediately taken to the hospital for serious medical help for injuries to his head.
According to his coach’s statement that he posted on the Team Nobrega Facebook page, the fighter only survived for 48 critical hours before dying as a result of his injuries.
In his statement, which was originally written in Portuguese and translated on Facebook, says:
The Nobrega team this way comes to confirm the passing of your athlete joao carvalho, which occurred last night in the hospital Beaumont, in Dublin, for 21:35 hours. It is with great sorrow and sadness that we write these words, that the death of the athlete joão carvalho happened after 48 hours in critical condition.
During the event-Tef MMA, which took place on Saturday, at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, where they were complied with all the safety rules, and after a fight where the arbitration followed all the correct procedures and regulars, the athlete john “Mutt” Oak Did you feel bad, about 20 minutes after the end of the fight.
Still on the site was immediately assisted by the medical team this, and then quickly transported to the hospital Beaumont, where she was subjected to a brain surgical intervention, after which the athlete remained in critical condition during the 48 hours following, eventually passed away on this Monday the 21:35 hours.
Despite the continued monitoring doctor who was part of the organisation of the event and the hospital, the Irish who we appreciate all the support in these difficult times, and although they are known the risks of this sport, the passing of John Carvalho in my professional point of view was A great deal of misery, which makes it deeply saddened and dismayed, both your family, as the whole team nóbrega team, who always accompanied the joão carvalho throughout his career, in which he was highlighting the national and international level.
It is with great regret that we offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and the whole team nobrega team.”
The Total Extreme Fighting CEO, Cesar Silve also gave a statement about the unexpected death of one of their fighters:
“We extend our most sincere condolences to the Family of Joao 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.”
When the news hit, it also came out that Charlie Ward is a teammate of Conor McGregor. On the night of the fight, McGregor posted a picture of his attendance in Ireland saying:
A Connor “Notorious” McGregor page on Facebook have posted other articles related to the death of the young fighter too… One headline even talked about possible manslaughter charges against Charlie Ward.
The site Blood Elbow says, “This would be the fifth fatality in a sanctioned MMA bout since the 2007 death of Sam Vasquez in Houston, Texas. There have been at least 8 fatalities in unsanctioned MMA bouts since 1981.
Sam Vasquez was the first fighter to lose his life to his injuries sustained during a sanctioned MMA fight. He survived for a month in a coma at St. Josephs Hospital in Downtown Houston after his fight.