Sunday 25 September 2016

'I helped train a guy to kill someone' - Conor McGregor opens up about Joao Carvalho's death

Published 03/08/2016 | 12:36

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has opened up about how the death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho affected him.

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McGregor was cageside on the night his SBG team mate Charlie Ward faced Carvalho in a MMA event in Dublin back in April.

The Portuguese died a few days after the bout as a result of injuries sustained in the bout.

The tragedy had a deep impact on The Notorious and contributed to the 'retirement' controversy which saw his fight with Nate Diaz taken off the card for UFC 200.

The eagerly anticipated rematch will now take place on August 20 at UFC 202 and in the build-up to the fight, the Crumlin fighter has been detailing his mindset after Carvalho's untimely passing.

McGregor is on the cover of September's Men's Health magazine and a snippet of the interview was released to the Daily Mail.

He was asked about how Joao's death had affected him mentally: "How do I feel? How would you feel?

"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.

"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. And that's f**ked up.

"Damn. I still can't believe that kid is dead."

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