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The controversial martial arts mixed martial arts has suffered a tragic death. Portuguese MMA fighter João Carvalho died on Monday at the age of 28 as a result of an injury sustained in a fight. Carvalho was technically dead two days earlier during a fight evening in Dublin in a fight against the Irishman Charlie Ward. o. gone.

Carvalho was conscious after the fight, but 20 minutes after the cancellation his condition deteriorated dramatically. "Carvalho received immediate medical attention and was admitted to hospital, where he underwent emergency brain surgery," said a statement from his Vitor Nóbrega team. After the operation, he was in critical condition before he died on Monday at 9:35 p.m. local time.

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What is MMA?

Mixed Martial Arts (mixed martial arts) is a full contact martial arts in which techniques from numerous martial arts such as boxing, taekwondo, muay thai and karate are allowed. There are few rule restrictions. Striking and kicking techniques as well as knee and elbow kicks are permitted. The fighters, who are divided into different weight classes, are in an octagonal cage, the octagon. A victory can be achieved by giving up, knocking out, dropping out of the referee or points.

How dangerous is MMA?

Since opponents can also be attacked on the ground, the sport is often subject to public criticism. In addition to bandages and gloves, mouthguards and groin guards are the fighters' only protectors. Since 2007 there is according to the Irish newspaper Mirror 13 known deaths in mixed martial arts bouts. There were significantly more fatal incidents in connection with boxing matches. The Manuel Velazquez Collection, a data archive for boxing deaths, lists 103 dead athletes between 2000 and 2010 alone. Scientists in the USA observed that the injury rate in MMA is roughly on par with other martial arts, and that the risk of brain damage in boxing is probably even higher.

How popular is MMA?

In the US, mixed martial arts has long been more popular than boxing because viewers find the sport more spectacular because of the different fighting styles and the few restrictions. The 196th edition of the American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the most famous MMA organization, was followed by more than 100 million viewers worldwide. The sport is becoming more and more popular in many European countries and sometimes attracts tens of thousands of spectators to the halls.

Who are the most famous fighters?

Irishman Conor McGregor is the biggest name on the scene. He is said to have earned more than ten million euros through his fight against Nate Diaz. Women's fights are also much more popular than boxing. UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is one of the highest paid female athletes in the world and has starred in several Hollywood films.

How is MMA doing in Germany?

In Germany, however, MMA is still a niche existence. One of the reasons for this is that UFC broadcasts were banned from German television for a long time due to the extreme depictions of violence. The Bavarian State Center for New Media enforced the ban in 2010. In the meantime, however, this has been repealed by the Munich Administrative Court. The UFC event in Berlin in June 2015 was followed by 8,000 spectators. The most famous German fighter is Nick Hein. The former police officer has won three of his four UFC fights so far.