On April 11, 2016, in Beaumont, Dublin, it was a tragic night for MMA. Following a mixed martial arts fight with SBG fighter Charlie Ward, Joao Carvalho sadly passed away in hospital.
On that night, the UFC featherweight champion Conor Mcgregor was front and centre supporting his teammate Ward.
In an interview with Men’s Health, The Irishman has discussed the moment he witnessed firsthand the true extent of the dangers of the profession he has dedicated his life to.
‘How do I feel?’ he replied. ‘How would you feel?’
‘It’s f***** up,’ he says, finally. ‘I wasn’t just watching that fight. I helped train a guy to kill someone, and then someone wound up dying.
‘This is a f****** dangerous game. People call it a sport, but it’s fighting. I’m just making sure it ain’t me. And that’s f***** up.’
‘Damn,’ he adds after a few minutes silence. ‘I still can’t believe that kid is dead.’
The UFC featherweight champion has decided to continue his life inside the octagon and will rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in two weeks time in Las Vegas.
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