Denton, Texas-Current Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC) featherweight Max Holloway has been forced to pull out of his scheduled title defense at UFC 226 against number one featherweight contender Brian Ortega.
According to reports, first broken by Ariel Helwani, Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway (19-3-0) has been forced to pull out of the contest after suffering from “concussion-like symptoms” starting on Monday afternoon. Max was rushed to ER on Monday and was admitted overnight. Initial scans taken of the current featherweight champion seemed ok and he was released from ER on Tuesday afternoon to continue his weight cut for his fight this Saturday night.
After the open workouts and interviews on Wednesday afternoon, Holloway crashed and was very hard to wake up. When Holloway was awake he would complain about flashing vision and slur his speech forcing his training team to send him to ER for further tests. It was determined by his team that he should not fight. And the decision by his team was made to pull him from his upcoming scheduled bout. Despite fighting with his team to allow him to carry on.
Holloway’s team have said to multiple news outlets that it has nothing to do with the excruciating weight cut Holloway was making to get down to the 145lbs he needed to weigh on Friday morning.
They are currently waiting for more test results to see the effects and seriousness of the situation and as MMA fans we all hope the exciting featherweight fighter can continue the “blessed era”
If the bout with Ortega can be rescheduled, most possibly on the UFC 228 event. Its rumored to be taking place on September 8th where it would most likely be the main event if a lightweight title defense for Khabib Nurmagomedov against former two-weight world champion, Conor McGregor cannot be agreed upon.
This is a huge loss for the event but UFC fans are still holding onto the main event between the worst man on the planet, current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (18-2-0) and current Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (20-1-0, 1NC) for the heavyweight championship of the world.
This gives former heavyweight fighter Daniel Cormier the chance to become a two-division world champion, he would become only the second simultaneous two-weight world champion after Conor McGregor at UFC 205.
Cormier has never lost at heavyweight and has only been beaten by former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones who is currently under USADA suspension for a doping violation. Stipe has defended the heavyweight title more times than any other heavyweight champion with 3 title defenses, his last coming in a unanimous decision victory over former number one contender, Francis Ngannou who fights Derrick Lewis for number one contender ship.