Ward and Rooney meet up with McGregor.
Carvalho is taken ill 20 minutes after the Ward fight. After undergoing emergency brain surgery, he dies at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. His manager:
The Nobrega team is here to confirm the passing of Joao Carvalho, which happened last night at Beaumont Hospital, in Dublin, at 21.35. It’s with great consternation and sadness that we write these words, informing you that the athlete died after 48 hours in a critical state. During the TEF-MMA event, which took place on Saturday at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, during which all safety regulations were observed, and after a fight during which the referee followed all the rules, [Carvalho] was taken ill, around 20 minutes after the end of the fight. Still in the stadium, he was immediately helped by the medical team present and afterwards was quickly transported to Beaumont Hospital, where he underwent brain surgery. After that, he remained in a critical state for 48 hours until passing away on Monday. Despite the non-stop medical assistance given by staff at the event and at the hospital – who we thank for their support during these difficult moments – and despite knowing the risks of this sport, the death of Joao Carvalho was, in my view, a huge tragedy, which leaves his family and the Nobrega team, which was with him for his whole career, during which he stood out on a national and international level.
Speaking before the death of Carvalho, McGregor says the fight with Ward should have been stopped earlier.
My teammate Charlie had a good win just there. Hell of a fight. Your man took some big shots. Thought it could have been stopped a little earlier. I feel these referee’s need to be on the ball a little bit…To see the way it’s all progressed, the regulations and everything, all the medical staff and everything. It’s proper now. To see this is great.
Ward defeats Carvalho with a TKO at the Total Extreme Fighting at National Stadium, Dublin. Conor McGregor is in attendance, supporting Ward, his teammate as SBG.