Wednesday 19 September 2018

Body of tragic MMA fighter Joao flown home

Tragic MMA fighter Joao Carvalho
Tragic MMA fighter Joao Carvalho

The body of tragic MMA victim Joao Carvalho has been returned to Portugal almost two weeks after the fighter was rushed to hospital with a fatal brain injury.

Mr Carvalho was taken straight to hospital after an MMA bout with Irish fighter Charile Ward at the National Stadium on Saturday, April 8.

He was treated at Beaumont Hospital, but died of his injuries the following Monday night.


Mr Carvalho's body arrived in Portugal late on Thursday night, after he was released by the Dublin Coroner's at 8am on Thursday.

His body was taken to Dublin Airport at 2pm for a flight that left the city at 5pm and arrived in Lisbon at 9.20pm.

Details of Mr Carvalho's funeral arrangements are not yet known.

The official cause of death has not been confirmed, with the Portuguese fighter's family expected to return for a Dublin Coroner's Court sitting on his cause of death in around six months.

A crowd-funding site has raised €11,600 for the victim's family so far.

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