Conor McGregor has been deeply affected by the recent death of Portuguese fighter, Joao Carvalho. The UFC champion took to Facebook to send his condolences to Joao’s family and it’s incredibly touching.
Conor McGregor wants to keep Joao Carvalho‘s memory alive. Joao died of head injuries during a third-round TKO by Conor’s teammate, Charlie Ward. Conor was there when it happened and took to Facebook on April 13 to tell the world that it’s “truly heartbreaking” what happened to Joao, a “young man doing what he loves.”
“Terrible news regarding Joao Carvalho,” Conor wrote in the Facebook post. “To see a young man doing what he loves, competing for a chance at a better life, and then to have it taken away is truly heartbreaking. We are just men and women doing something we love in the hope of a better life for ourselves and our families. Nobody involved in combat sports of any kind wants to see this. It is such a rare occurrence that I don’t know how to take this. I was ringside supporting my teammate, and the fight was so back and forth, that I just can’t understand it. My condolences go out to Joao’s family and his team. Their man was a hell of a fighter and will be sorely missed by all. Combat sport is a crazy game and with the recent incident in boxing and now this in MMA, it is a sad time to be a fighter and a fight fan.”
He went on to say that it’s easy for people to sit back and “criticize” their industry but he tells the critics not to judge. “It is easy for those on the outside to criticise our way of living, but for the millions of people around the world who have had their lives, their health, their fitness and their mental strength all changed for the better through combat, this is truly a bitter pill to swallow. We have lost one of us. I hope we remember Joao as a champion, who pursued his dream doing what he loved, and show him the eternal respect and admiration he deserves. Rest in peace, Joao.”
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of his tribute?