Conor McGregor is quite upset and heartbroken over MMA fighter Joao Carvalho’s death. Carvalho died on Monday night following a knockout lose to Conor McGregor’s SBG teammate Charlie Ward in Dublin, Ireland, FOX Sports reports.
In a statement released by Conor McGregor on Tuesday via Facebook, McGregor sent his condolences to the grieving family. In his emotional message, he also talked about the dangers faced by a fighter.
“Terrible news regarding Joao Carvalho.
To see a young man doing what he loves, competing for a chance at a better life, and then to have it taken away is truly heartbreaking.
We are just men and women doing something we love in the hope of a better life for ourselves and our families. Nobody involved in combat sports of any kind wants to see this. It is such a rare occurrence that I don’t know how to take this.
I was ringside supporting my teammate, and the fight was so back and forth, that I just can’t understand it.
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.
Combat sport is a crazy game and with the recent incident in boxing and now this in MMA, it is a sad time to be a fighter and a fight fan.
It is easy for those on the outside to criticise our way of living, but for the millions of people around the world who have had their lives, their health, their fitness and their mental strength all changed for the better through combat, this is truly a bitter pill to swallow. We have lost one of us.
I hope we remember Joao as a champion, who pursued his dream doing what he loved, and show him the eternal respect and admiration he deserves.
Rest in peace, Joao,” the Irishman posted.
Not just Conor McGregor, but the CEO of TEF MMA, Cesar Silva has also sent out condolences to Carvalho’s family.
“We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of João 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,” Silva said.
“We have been in contact with his family and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time.”
Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Conor McGregor