The devastating and tragic death of Joao Carvalho earlier this week in Dublin sent shock waves throughout the world of MMA and caused a media frenzy in Ireland.
Countless callers to radio shows, letters to the government and articles in newspapers called for the banning of the sport in the country.
Now it seems the situation has caught the attention of Lorenzo Fertitta, CEO of the UFC. Speaking with Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting (transcribed by Sean Sheehan of Severe MMA), Fertitta spoke of his wishes to help the effort in regulating MMA in places that it currently does not have any regulation.
“That has always been our mantra. We run towards regulation.” Fertitta said. “We would love to be able to sit down to work with the authorities in Ireland and the UK so that, not just our events, but all the events are properly regulated.”
I don’t know exactly what happened in that event, everybody is still trying to figure that out but that’s the reason we want regulation, so there are standards, so it’s the same everywhere and we would certainly think that that would be a good idea.”
Skip to 2:15 in the video below