Conor McGregor: Referee should have stopped Joao Carvalho fight earlier
Conor McGregor questioned the referee’s timing in a fight that ended up killing MMA fighter Joao Carvalho.
Carvalho fought McGregor’s teammate, Charlie Ward, on Saturday for a Total Extreme Fighting bout in Dublin. The fight went three rounds, with Carvalho losing by TKO after the referee stepped in to stop Ward from continuing to slug Carvalho.
Carvalho was checked medically between rounds. After the fight, he initially showed signs of normal health. However, after about 10 minutes, he started vomiting and feeling nauseous and was taken in to the hospital in an ambulance. He ended up dying on Monday from head injuries.
After the fight, McGregor said he felt the referee should have stepped in earlier.
“My team-mate Charlie had a good win just there. Hell of a fight. Yer man [Carvalho] took some big shots,” McGregor told MMAConnectTV. “Thought it could have been stopped a little earlier. I feel these referee’s need to be on the ball a little bit.”
If you feel like you can take it, below is video from the fight. You can see that Ward definitely was able to get a few more swings in than he should have been allowed to:
This is just all the more reason not to question officials when they step in early to call a fight. It’s always much better to be on the safe side of protecting fighters rather than stepping in too late.
McGregor shared his condolences in a Facebook post: