Early last year, Max Holloway was set to step in for Tony Ferguson to fight for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 223.
Holloway, who would end up being the second of a potential four different opponents for eventual champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, was pulled from the card due to issues with a weight cut and interference from the New York State Athletic Commission.
Months later ahead of a defense of his then featherweight championship against Brian Ortega at UFC 226, Holloway exhibited “concussion-like symptoms” which then forced him to drop off the card.
Holloway’s management team at the time claimed he’d not been “norma;” since the prior week and that he was rushed to the emergency room for treatment. That one trip turned into two, as Holloway underwent numerous medical tests following the event trying to figure out what happened.
“That July fight, when we was getting ready, it was in Vegas. I had to fly to New York to do my media day. So from Hawaii to New York. We did 12 hours of media and then we went to Vegas, I think got to Vegas on Thursday. I just felt out of it,” Holloway said when speaking to Joe Rogan on his podcast.
“Not really cutting weight, we was dieting and stuff. Even the water thing, I drink diluted water fight week. Even before the fight, we drink diluted water. A couple days past and it wasn’t going away.”
“I could tell exactly what it was. It was something we consumed,” Holloway said of the reason his health deteriorated. “Like right now not that much people know, I left my old management. I’m with new management now and my manager now he’s like a behavioral science guy and he’s probably watching this stream squirming the way I’m talking about it but we got stuff going on.
“I’m looking to work on with lawyers and we plan on suing somebody. There’s a bunch of stuff that I really can’t talk about. That’s why he’s squirming back there. I probably shouldn’t be talking about it too much but that’s what it is. It was something I consumed. I don’t even know if I can tell you [what it was].”
“We’ll see. I just left that to him,” Holloway said of letting his manager handle this legal issue. “One of the great things that I love with the team, for me, I’m all about keeping the main thing, the main thing and the main thing for me is fighting and making sure whoever’s in front of me, whatever cupcake it is, I can enjoy that cupcake while they go do everything else for me.”
Report: MMA Fighting