Joao Carvalho: “Portuguese MMA fighter” dies following TKO loss in Ireland – Watch

Joao Carvalho: Portuguese MMA fighter dies following TKO loss in Ireland

Joao Carvalho, 28, died following a rough third-round technical knockout loss in Dublin, Ireland.

Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho competed on the card at the Total Extreme Fighting (TEF) event at the National Stadium in the Irish capital, in which his fight with Irishman Charlie Ward was stopped by the referee in the third round.

Welterweight Joao Carvalho was tended to immediately by medical personnel before being rushed to Beaumont Hospital where he underwent emergency brain surgery on Saturday night, but it was confirmed on Tuesday morning that he passed away the previous night at 21:35 after spending 48 hours in a critical condition due to his injuries.

A statement by TEF’s CEO Cesar Silva read: “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. We have been in contact with his family and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time.”

Joao Carvalho fought under the Nobrega team name, and they issued a statement of their own to say they were “deeply saddened and dismayed” after hearing of his death and past on their condolences to his family.

The statement added that Joao Carvalho was gaining recognition on both a “national and international level”, having fought with the Nobrega team throughout his career.