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Mixed martial artist Joao Carvalho has died following a fight in Dublin at the weekend.
Portugal's Carvalho complained of feeling unwell after suffering a technical knockout at the hands of Charlie Ward, a teammate of UFC superstar Conor McGregor, during the Total Extreme Fighting event in the Irish capital.
Doctors at the National Stadium checked on the 28-year-old before he was relocated to Beaumont Hospital, where he underwent emergency brain surgery.
Carvalho succumbed to his injuries on Monday night, a statement from his Vitor Nobrega Team confirmed.
“It is with great sorrow and sadness that we write these words, that the death of the athlete Joao Carvalho happened after 48 hours in a critical condition,” the team 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.”
The organisers also issued a statement, which read: “The TEF team are deeply saddened by the news of Joao 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.”
The chief executive officer of Total Extreme Fighting, Cesar Silva, added: “We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of João 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.”