Posted by Ryan Matsunaga @ryanmatsu
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Tragedy struck the MMA community yesterday when Portugese fighter Joao Carvalho was rushed to the hospital after suffering a TKO defeat, only to succumb to his injuries 48 hours later.

Carvalho was participating in an professional MMA event in Dublin Ireland, facing SBG fighter Charlie Ward. The bout ended in the third round via a referee stoppage, giving Ward the TKO win. Carvalho was reportedly able to walk out of the arena on his own, and did not outwardly appear to be injured.

However, a short while later, he reported feeling strangely, and was subsequently taken to a nearby hospital. In the ensuing time since the news broke, many have wondered what exactly went down that night, and how a seemingly healthy 28-year old fighter could pass away so suddenly.

The promotion Carvalho was fighting for, TEF, has now released a statement on the matter, shedding some light on the circumstances behind Carvalho's untimely death:

Condolences to the family of João Carvalho
Following the referee stoppage João, who was representing Portuguese club Team Nobrega, was assessed by doctors and medical staff at the onsite medical office as per normal procedure. It was determined that he should be sent to hospital. In hospital he received emergency treatment and transferred to ICU later that evening. Formal hospital medical reports and procedures are still being carried out. João was 28 years of age.
Cesar Silva, CEO of TEF said “We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of João Carvalho’s and his teammates in Team Nobrega. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We’d also like to thank all sports fans for their concern and support. We will give whatever support we can to Joao’s family.”
“We have been in contact with his family and they have requested that we all understand their need for privacy at this difficult time.”