Thursday 29 September 2016

McGregor thinks bout that left fighter in critical condition 'could have been stopped earlier'

David Kearns

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:30

Portuguese MMA fighter Joao Carvalho (right) during his fight with Charlie Ward. Photo: Dave Fogarty
Portuguese MMA fighter Joao Carvalho (right) during his fight with Charlie Ward. Photo: Dave Fogarty

UFC champion Conor McGregor believes officials could have stepped in sooner to end a bout that left a Portuguese MMA fighter in a critical condition after he suffered a knock-out blow during an event in Dublin.

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Joao Carvalho was rushed to Beaumont Hospital after he felt sick following his defeat to Charlie 'The Hospital' Ward - a teammate of Conor McGregor - during a Total Extreme Fighting (TEF) promotion at the National Stadium on Saturday night.

After initially being cleared by medical personnel ringside, Carvalho became "very ill" 20 minutes after the fight.

McGregor was among the crowd for the event. Speaking afterwards, he admitted the fight "could have been stopped" sooner.

"It was a hell of a fight. Yer man took some big shots. Thought it could have been stopped a little earlier," he told MMA Connect TV.

"I feel the referees need to be on the ball a little bit but I'm happy for my teammate Charlie, he got a solid win."

McGregor spoke highly of the medical staff at the event, who were praised by TEF for how quickly they reacted to Carvalho's issues.

Three doctors and paramedic staff were ringside according to organisers. McGregor's interview was conducted before it emerged Carvalho had been hospitalised, so it is likely he was unaware of his condition.

Irish Independent

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