Holloway Claims To Not Have Concussion
UFC Featherweight champion Max Holloway is still recovering after an illness would put him on the shelf days before his UFC 226 title defense against Brian Ortega.
While as a guest on the The Ariel Helwani MMA Show, Holloway dispelled any rumors that may have came up about his condition.
“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,” claimed Holloway. “The word ‘stroke’ never came up. When the rumors 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,” he added.
Holloway says he was “conned” into going to the emergency room by his team, who told him a van was waiting to take him to his media duties, when in fact it was set towards the emergency room.
“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.”
“I’ve seen multiple doctors and experts, but they haven’t been able to give any answers about what happened,” Holloway said. “But I’m OK. I’m going to fight again. That’s all we know,’ he said (via ESPN) while acknowledging he was placed on a brief 30-day medial suspension to be cautious.
“All of the tests were great,” Holloway says. “When you hear those kind of things, it’s great but yet scary. You want to know what’s wrong. It’s crazy we just don’t have the answers. I’m just glad I’m healthy and OK.”
Holloway plans on returning to action in 2018, hopefully in a title defense against Brian Ortega.
Quotes Transcribed by Pundit Arena