Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 19, 2018
After Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Max Holloway pulled out of his UFC 226 bout with Brian Ortega with “concussion like symptoms,” it sent a scare through the mixed martial arts world.
Holloway didn’t seem like himself during the media day in the lead up to the event and shortly after it was revealed he was pulled off the card with UFC President Dana White claimed that he heard that the symptoms were possibly related to water poisoning, which is where a fighter drinks excessive volumes of fluid for their weight cut.
It’s not the first time Holloway was forced off a card relating to a weight cut. At UFC 223, Holloway was scheduled to fight for the vacant undisputed UFC lightweight championship as a replacement for Tony Ferguson, although doctors made the decision days before the event that Holloway was in no condition to fight due to the massive weight cut and pulled him from the fight. Although it should be noted that Holloway had only just returned from injury back then and his walking around weight was apparently much heavier due to the fact he was unable to train.
“Blessed” has kept fairly quiet about his recently issue although he did post on Twitter that he was still undergoing more tests and that he was “starting to feel better.”
His opponent at UFC 226 Ortega was offered a last minute replacement against Jeremy Stephens, but he rejected the fight, instead preferring to wait and see when Holloway was fit and ready to fight again.