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Conor McGregor: 'It is easy for those on the outside to criticise our way of living'

The Irish MMA star was speaking in reaction to the death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho.

Conor McGregor has paid tribute to Joao Carvalho following the Portuguese fighter's death.
Conor McGregor has paid tribute to Joao Carvalho following the Portuguese fighter's death.

IRISH MMA STAR Conor McGregor has issued a response to the death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho following Saturday’s Total Extreme Fighting MMA event at the National Stadium in Dublin.

Carvalho was hospitalised and later died after a TKO loss to Irish fighter Charlie Ward.

In reaction to the tragedy, McGregor, who is one of MMA’s biggest stars, expressed his sadness at the news while also defending the sport and comparing what happened on Saturday to the recent incident in boxing that left British fighter Nick Blackwell in an induced coma.

“Terrible news regarding Joao Carvalho,” McGregor wrote on Facebook.

“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.”

He continued: “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.”

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