Straight Blast Gym welterweight and Conor McGregor teammate Charlie Ward will return to competitive fighting this weekend for the first time since the untimely death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho in April this year.
The Dubliner will be competing in the co-main event at Adrenalin Fight Night: Swansea in Wales on Saturday night, stepping into the cage with Gareth Williams, according to a report in the Irish Mirror.
Carvalho’s death from injuries sustained inside the cage had an immediate impact on the Irish MMA circuit, with the safety of the sport coming under scrutiny resulting in a number of shows around the country being cancelled.
Following the bout at the National Stadium in Dublin, the 28-year-old was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where his condition worsened and he tragically passed away two days later on April 11.
In the wake of his death, SBG head coach John Kavanagh leads the formerly known Irish Amateur Pankration Association, now recognised as the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA) and governing body for MMA in Ireland.
IMMAA is a member of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation(IMMAF) and abides by its rules and guidelines.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena