Just when you thought you’d seen it all in mixed martial arts.
In one of the strangest endings in recent memory, Max
Holloway (14-3, 10-3 UFC) was giftwrapped a technical knockout
UFC Fight Night “Holloway vs. Oliveira” headliner Sunday at the
SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in just 99 seconds as
Oliveira (20-5, 8-5 UFC) dropped levels for a double-leg
takedown. As the Brazilian stood after having the attempt stuffed,
he grabbed his neck area and sunk to the floor to signal that he
According to the
Ultimate Fighting Championship’s official European website,
Oliveira suffered a microscopic tear to his esophagus and is
expected to be hospitalized through Tuesday.
Anatomically speaking, the esophagus is a tube found in the human
throat that food passes through as it goes from the mouth to the
digestive system. According to the New York Times, while
perforations are rare, they are normally treated with a splint for
minor tears at the top of the esophagus and surgery when the
perforation is located at the middle or bottom of the organ.
As of press time, it is unclear if the 25-year-old will go under