The passing away on Monday night of 28-year-old Portuguese native Joao Carvalho (1-2 MMA) resonated deeply with incumbent Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 145-pound titlist Conor McGregor.

Carvalho who faced off against McGregor’s teammate and fellow Irishman Charlie Ward (2-1 MMA) in a welterweight clash at a Total Extreme Fighting (TEF) event April 9, incurred severe head injuries following his third-round TKO defeat.

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“The Notorious” who was in attendance supporting his Straight Blast Gym (SBG) stablemate posted these heartfelt words on his Facebook page (Per MMA Junkie):

“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.”

Deaths in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA); both regulated and unregulated are not unheard of, however, they are few and far between.

In the main event at UFC 196, McGregor was submitted by Nate Diaz, and as such, a rematch is pencilled in for July 9, at UFC 200.

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