Conor McGregor pays tribute to late MMA fighter Joao Carvalho

UFC featherweight champion had been ringside at Saturday's event

Conor McGregor pays tribute to late MMA fighter Joao Carvalho

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Conor McGregor has paid tribute to mixed-martial artist Joao Carvalho who passed away after an MMA fight in Dublin.

The UFC featherweight champion, who attended Saturday's events in which the Portuguese fighter sustained injuries that would claim his life, took to Facebook to share his thoughts and express his condolences.

"Terrible news regarding Joao Carvalho," he wrote.

"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."