We are saddened to learn that Portuguese mixed martial artist, Joao Carvalho, has passed away from injuries sustained during the Total Extreme Fighting event, which took place April 9 at National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
Carvalho (1-2), 28, suffered head injuries during a third-round TKO loss to Irish welterweight Charlie Ward and passed away two days later on Monday.
Video of the end of the fight between Joao Carvalho and Charlie Ward
According to a TEF statement sent to MMAjunkie, medical personnel examined Carvalho after the fight and sent him to a local hospital for “emergency treatment,” which included brain surgery on Saturday. He ultimately died on Monday.
“We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Joao Carvalho’s and his teammates in Team Nobrega,” TEF CEO Cesar Silva said in a statement. “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.”
“According to the owner of Eventmed, which provided medical support for the TEF event, Carvalho was “walking, talking and smiling” after the fight, but after his condition quickly deteriorated, he was taken to Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital.”
“The doctors checked him between each round, and each time he gave a full response to them,” Eventmed owner Katarzyna Michlic told SevereMMA.com. “He responded to each question. He was asked where he was, what round he was going in to and what day of the week it was, and all of his answers were perfect.
“When the referee stopped the fight in the third round, our team of doctors and medics looked after him as he was bleeding quite heavily from his nose. He was asked if he felt any pain or was suffering with any headaches directly after the fight, and he said he had no pain or headaches, but he did feel quite tired.”