MMA Fighter Dies from Injuries in Cage Fight
A mixed martial arts fighter died three days after he was pummeled in a ring in Dublin, Ireland.
Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho, 28, fought against Ireland's Charlie Ward at the National Stadium. He was knocked out in the third round.
He was examined by doctors and medical staff at the onsite medical office “as per normal procedure” before he was taken to the hospital, said Total Extreme Fighting.
The CEO of Total Extreme Fighting said that “The promotion and fighters followed (the) best regulatory practices,” and that the medical staff onsite “ensured that the seriousness of Joao’s condition was recognized and swift action taken,” according to the New York Post.
Total Extreme Fighting didn’t disclose the nature of the fighter’s injuries, and the organization added that formal hospital medical reports and procedures are still being carried out.
UFC fighter Conor McGregor was ringside at the event and witnessed what happened. After hearing of the young fighter's death, he eulogized him on Facebook.
"To see a young man doing what he loves, competing for a chance at a better life, and then to have it taken away is truly heartbreaking," he wrote. "We are just men and women doing something we love in the hope of a better life for ourselves and our families. Nobody involved in combat sports of any kind wants to see this. It is such a rare occurrence that I don’t know how to take this."
In March, New York State legalized MMA after a nearly 20-year-ban on the sport.