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Concerns over lack of MMA regulation

“Following the examination of the circumstances relating to the death of Mr Carvalho the Authority sought to determine whether there was any employer/employee relationship involving Mr Carvalho, in relation to the MMA event in which he participated,” a spokesperson for the HSA told MI.

“We have determined that Mr Carvalho participated as a professional self-employed fighter in relation to the MMA event. 

“The nature of his participation was such that there was no employer/employee relationship between Mr Carvalho and anyone else involved in staging or promoting the event.

“The Authority has therefore ended its inquiries with no further action under health and safety legislation being taken.”

This newspaper has been informed that An Garda Síochána is still investigating this incident. 

“The matter is being investigated as a sudden death in accordance with the Coroners Acts,” a press spokesperson for An Garda Síochána told MI

“A comprehensive file is being prepared for the Coroner and an Inquest will be held at a later date.”

Issues around MMA safety have made the news in recent months and the British Medical Association (BMA) has called for the banning of MMA on safety grounds.

The IMO has concerns over the lack of regulation of MMA in Ireland but says it does not have a specific policy on the issue.

IMO President Dr John Duddy said while he has concerns, he is not in favour of a ban on the sport. He called for the introduction of a clear set of regulations setting out the minimum medical staffing requirements for MMA events.

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