Max Holloway spoke to Ariel Helwani today and gave us an update on his current status and what his doctors had been telling him.
It truly was a scary sight to see the young champ in such a groggy state on live TV so when he was eventually pulled from his UFC 226 co-main event headliner against Brian Ortega, nobody was overly angry that the fight wasn’t going ahead.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on the latest edition of his MMA Show, Holloway broke down what the doctors had been telling him – denying the rumour that he has sustained a concussion.
“That didn’t happen. I didn’t suffer a concussion at all. I wish the answer was that simple. It would be easier to move forward if we knew what happened.
“The word ‘stroke’ never came up. When the rumours came out my first thought was that it was clickbait. I never thought I wasn’t going to fight again. That never ever crossed my mind.
“I’m a fighter. I wanted to fight. When they were telling me to go to the emergency room, I was begging them to let me fight. Hell, when I was doing interviews, there’s some the UFC didn’t even drop because I was horrible in them.”
There was an outpouring of well-wishes from both Holloway’s friends and former-foes via social media – people who, as Ariel pointed out, quickly realised that whatever was happening to the champ was not normal.
My thoughts and my respect are with 145lb World Champion Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 5, 2018
“Man, I was humbled. I know we’re competitors in the Octagon but it gets to a point when you’re human. I wasn’t surprised by Conor’s message but it was great. So cool to see all these guys reaching out especially Aldo on Saturday.”
As for his originally scheduled opponent Brian Ortega and his refusal to take a short notice matchup just hours after Max’s withdrawal – the Hawaiian made it clear that he understands where ‘t-City’ is coming from.
“I’ve nothing but respect for him. He is standing his ground and I respect that.
“The UFC has different guys who takes risk but Brian Ortega is staying true to himself and hopefully we can maybe get something done by the end of the year”
It’s not exactly the revelation-heavy statement we were perhaps hoping for, but at least we know that the highly-talented 145lb champion is happy and approaching a healthier status.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena