Tragedy struck the Irish MMA scene last April when Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho wound up dead, days after his fight against SBG Dublin’s Charlie Ward. Carvalho "felt unwell" 20 minutes after the fight, and was rushed to the nearby Beaumont Hospital where he died 48 hours later.
Ward’s teammate, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, already extended his condolences to Carvalho’s family. But even after three months have passed since the incident happened, "The Notorious" admits he is still deeply affected by it.
"It's f**ked up. I wasn't just watching that fight. I helped train a guy to kill someone, and then someone wound up dying," McGregor told Men’s Health Magazine (via Independent.ie).
McGregor may be known for the brash attitude he possesses when it comes to fighting, but at the same time, he recognizes the hazards that his chosen profession entails.
"This is a f**king dangerous game. People call it a sport, but it's fighting. I'm just making sure it ain't me," McGregor said. "And that's f**ked up."
"Damn. I still can't believe that kid is dead."