The UFC’s featherweight champion Max Holloway has pulled from his UFC 226 pairing with Brian Ortega after displaying concussion-like symptoms.
It just seems like the UFC can’t catch a break with their blockbuster title matches these days.
Just hours out from UFC 226, the featherweight champion Max Holloway has been forced to pull from his showdown with submission wiz Brian Ortega after being hospitalized due to concussion-like symptoms.
After being ruled ineligible to compete on the card – Holloway’s team released the following statement:
“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.” (via MMAJunkie)
Nothing is clear yet on the status of Ortega on the card and as of right now, the UFC have yet to make a statement.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena