Portuguese MMA fighter Joao Carvalho has died from injuries he received during a bout against Ireland’s Charlie Ward in Dublin, his Nobrega team confirmed on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old welterweight suffered a third-round technical knockout defeat to Ward at a Total Extreme Fighting (TEF) event in the Irish capital on Saturday.
Carvalho underwent brain surgery and spent the next 48 hours in critical condition in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital before passing away late Monday.
“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 critical condition,” team boss Vitor Nobrega said in a statement.
“All the security regulations had been respected and the referees has applied all the correct and usual procedures,” the statement added.
CEO of TEF, Cesar Silva, added: “We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Joao Carvalho 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.”