Minister of Sport Michael Ring has confirmed that he has contacted the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) following their request for a meeting.

A statement from the minister read: "Further to the sad and tragic passing of Mr Joao Carvalho, and contact having been made with me by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) in recent days, I have today contacted the IMMAF with a view to meeting with that organisation at its earliest convenience. 

"I would welcome an opportunity to understand the IMMAF’s perspectives on the issues that Mr Carvalho’s passing has raised.  In particular, I would welcome the views of the IMMAF on appropriate measures to safeguard the health of participants in Mixed Martial Arts events."

Earlier in the week, Ring pledged to regulate mixed martial arts in Ireland, while Sport Ireland said that they "had no formal engagement with any organisation representing MMA on recognition to date”.