UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has been pulled out of his Saturday night fight and hospitalised with ‘concussion-like symptoms’.
Holloway was set to defend his title against Brian Ortega on Saturday’s UFC 226 co-main event.
Holloway’s management team released a statement to MMAjunkie with details:
“Max’s team and UFC staff noticed Max was not normal since late last week. 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 okay, and he was released Tuesday afternoon, but symptoms still continued.
“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.”
There will be no late replacement for Ortega either and has been pulled from UFC 226 altogether.
There have been preliminary reports from Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times that rescheduling the fight for UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles has been discussed.