On Wednesday, UFC Featherweight champion, Max Holloway would be forced to withdraw from UFC 226, less than three days before fight night.
“Max’s team and UFC staff noticed Max was not normal since late last week,” Holloway’s manager Brian Butler told ESPN in a prepared statement. “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 OK, and he was released Tuesday afternoon, but symptoms still continued.”
Holloway was set to defend his UFC Featherweight title against Brian Ortega, in the co-main event.
“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.”
As of Thursday morning, Ortega has not been given a new opponent or confirmed to still be on the card.
Holloway is pulled from his third fight in a row due to medical issues, more recently at UFC 223 when the New York State Athletic Commission pulled him for issues cutting weight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Holloway also pulled out of UFC 222 due to an injured ankle a month before the event.
Original Report: ESPN