UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor opens up about the tragic death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget the serious dangers posed to fighters competing in MMA until the public is reminded in brutal, tragic fashion what tolls this sport can exact. In April, Joao Carvalho died 3 days after suffering a TKO loss in Total Extreme Fighting, an Irish MMA promotion. The fighter he lost to was Charlie Ward, a member of Straight Blast Gym and training partner of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor, who sat ringside at the event, had helped train Ward for his fight with Carvalho and afterwards took to Facebook to issue a statement lamenting the tragic passing. In a forthcoming interview with Men’s Health Magazine (as reported by Spencer Morgan of Mail Online) McGregor expounds on the matter and his feelings about the passing of Carvalho.
“How do I feel? How would you feel?
“It’s fucked up. I wasn’t just watching that fight. I helped train a guy to kill someone, and then someone wound up dying.
“This is a fucking dangerous game. People call it a sport, but it’s fighting. I’m just making sure it ain’t me. And that’s fucked up.
“Damn…I still can’t believe that kid is dead.”
McGregor’s statements come right as the promotional build up for his next fight is beginning to ramp up. In a little over two weeks McGregor rematches Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in a 170 lb. main event fight. It’s a fight that was originally scheduled for UFC 200 but was pulled from that event when McGregor refused to fulfill promotional obligations mandated by the UFC. In response, McGregor aired his grievances in a Facebook post saying that he needed the extra time to prepare for his fight with “a taller, longer ….View full article
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