As a reminder of the dangers that come with MMA, back in April, Joao Carvalho died three days after suffering a TKO loss in Total Extreme Fighting, an Irish MMA promotion.
The fighter Carvalho lost to was Charlie Ward, a member of Straight Blast Gym and training partner of UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor, who sat ringside at the event, had helped train Ward for his fight with Carvalho and afterwards took to Facebook to issue a statement lamenting the tragic passing.
In a future interview with Men's Health Magazine (as reported by Spencer Morgan of Mail Online), McGregor further talked on the matter and his feelings about the passing of Carvalho. He expressed sincere and deep regret over what transpired on that night.
"How do I feel? How would you feel? It's f**ked up," McGregor said. "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."
McGregor is soon to take on Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in a rematch of their UFC 196 fight that at the time, nearly broke UFC pay-per-view records. McGregor had to move up two weight classes from his usual featherweight limit in less than two weeks to face Diaz.