MMA fighter Joao Carvalho dies in hospital after Dublin knockout
A mixed martial arts fighter has died after being knocked out at an event in Dublin.
Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho was knocked out by Charlie "The Hospital" Ward - a clubmate of UFC star Conor McGregor - in the third round of an event called Total Fighting Extreme 1 at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.
Carvalho became "very ill" 20 minutes following the fight after being checked out by doctors a second time and was taken to hospital, the Irish Independent reported.
Tragic death: Joao Carvalho. Photo: Facebook
A statement to Irish broadcaster RTE from Carvalho's Nobrega Team confirmed the fighter's death on Tuesday night (AEDT)
"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," they said.
"On the site [Carvalho] was immediately assisted by the medical team and then quickly transported to the hospital Beaumont, where he was subjected to a brain surgical intervention, after which the athlete remained in critical condition during the 48 hours following, eventually passing away on this Monday at 21:35 hours."
Club mate: Conor McGregor was supporting Charlie "The Hospital" Ward. Photo: AP
Total Extreme Fighting, which organised the event, also issued a statement reading: "The TEF team are deeply saddened by the news of João Carvalho's death.
"Last night 11th of April, mixed martial artist Joao Carvalho passed away after two days of the best medical care and treatment in Beaumont hospital following his three-round TKO stoppage defeat on Saturday 9 April at the National Stadium in Dublin.
"We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Joao Carvalho's and his team-mates 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."
On Wednesday morning, McGregor added his condolences in a heartfelt Facebook post, writing: "My condolences go out to Joao's family and his team. Their man was a hell of a fighter and will be sorely missed by all."