With only two days before his much anticipated mega-bout with Brian Ortega for the Featherweight Championship, Max Holloway has been pulled from UFC 226 due to “concussion-like symptoms”.
The following is a statement released by Holloway’s team to MMAJunkie:
“Max’s team and UFC staff noticed Max was not normal since late last week. This became obvious to many watching his interviews and public appearances the past few days.
“He was showing concussion-like symptoms before he even started his weight cut and was rushed to the ER on Monday where they admitted him overnight. Initial scans seemed okay, and he was released Tuesday afternoon, but symptoms still continued.
“Max fought with his team to continue with the fight. He showed some improvement over the next day but was still showing obvious symptoms. After open workouts, he crashed and was very hard to wake up. When he did, he had flashing vision and slurred speech.
“He is now back in the ER for further tests.”
This is now the third card that Holloway is being pulled from due to injury or health related concerns. UFC 222, where Holloway was pulled due to ankle injury before his bout against Frankie Edgar, and 223 where the New York State Athletic Commission deemed Holloway “medically unfit to compete.”
This development is equally bad news for Ortega, after stepping in for Holloway at UFC 222 and knocking out Frankie Edgar in the first round, the bout between him and Holloway for the title was all but guaranteed. However, with Holloway’s pull, not only will he not receive his title match, he is set to be scratched from the card completely. Ortega responded to this news early this morning via twitter: It is what it is. We’ll run this sh*t later.
While the super-fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier has enough weight to sell the card on its own, the Holloway-Ortega bout was considered by many to be the most anticipated and exciting match up. But not only on the card for this weekend, but for the featherweight division in recent memory.
Now not only will fans be denied the match, but there are now questions revolving around the future of the divisions’ champ and the title itself.
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