Tragic news from Ireland as Joao Carvalho has died in Beaumont Hospital following a third round TKO loss to Charlie Ward Saturday night at Total Extreme Fighting 1 in the National Stadium in Dublin.
Carvalho’s death was confirmed via a Facebook post by his coach on the Team Nobrega Facebook page.
A Facebook translation of the statement from the original Portuguese reads:
“Note death The Nobrega Team comes this way confirm the death of her athlete Joao Carvalho,at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin by 21:35 hours. It is with great dismay and sadness that we write these words, saying that the death of the athlete João Carvalho happened after 48 hours in critical condition. During the TEF-MMA event, held on Saturday at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, where all safety rules are met, and after a match where the arbitration followed all the correct procedures and customary, the athlete John “Shaggy Dog” Carvalho felt bad, about 20 minutes after the end of combat.
“Still on the site he was immediately assisted by the medical team present, and then quickly transported to the Hospital Beaumont, where he underwent a brain surgery, after which the athlete remained in critical condition during the next 48 hours, finally died this Monday the 21:35 hours.
“Despite the ongoing medical care that had by the organization of the event and the Irish hospital, whom we thank for all their support in these difficult times, and although the risks of this sport are known, the death of João Carvalho in my point of professional view was a huge misfortune that leaves deeply saddened and dismayed, both your family, like all Nobrega team, who always accompanied João Carvalho throughout his career, where he was highlighting national and international level.
“It is with much regret that we present our sincere condolences to FAMILY and all Nobrega team. Vitor Nobrega.”
TEF CEO Cesar Silva gave a statement to Irish news site Sports Joe.
“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.”
Charlie Ward’s teammate Conor McGregor issued a statement on his Facebook page: “Tragic news from the event McGregor himself attended. Our condolences go to Carvalho’s family, friends, and team.”
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.
We extend our condolences to Carvalho’s friends and family.
Bloody Elbow will have more on the story as facts come to light.
UPDATE: John Kavanagh released this statement, which was written while Carvalho was still listed in critical condition.
“Absolutely devastated for the family of the young fighter Joao Carvalho who is in a bad condition following a closely contested bout with one of my fighters Saturday night.
“Although over the last 20 years or more there have been 100s of thousands of contests worldwide in 1000s of shows and this tragic outcome is incredibly rare it’s not much consolation for the friends and family of Mr.Carvalho who must be besides themselves with worry and deserve to have their privacy respected.
“At this point my only concerns are for the young man and hope the expert medical attention he’s receiving can help him through this.”