8/3/2016 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
“Damn … I still can’t believe that kid is dead” — Conor McGregor.
The UFC superstar is opening up about the death of Portuguese MMA fighter Joao Carvalho — who died from injuries he sustained during a fight in Dublin back in April.
Conor was cageside at the fight … since Joao’s opponent was McGregor’s training teammate, Charlie Ward. Conor and Charlie had been working out together at the Straight Blast Gym in Ireland.
“It’s f****d up,” Conor said to Men’s Health magazine … “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*****g dangerous game. People call it a sport, but it’s fighting. I’m just making sure it ain’t me. And that’s f****d up.”
McGregor says he hopes MMA officials and referees all over the world can learn from Joao’s death — to make sure something like this doesn’t happen to anyone else.