UFC 226: Max Holloway – Brian Ortega Off After Champ Hospitalized With Concussion Like Symptoms
By FCF Staff
A highly anticipated bout between Brian Ortega and Max Holloway has been cancelled, just days out from UFC 226, as the latter has been hospitalized with concussion like symptoms.
Ortega was scheduled to fight the featherweight champ in the co-headliner of Saturday’s event, but recently Holloway’s team announced the following (quote via MMA Junkie):
“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.”
Since then, it’s been reported that no replacement opponent will be brought in for Ortega.
UFC 226 will be headlined by a fight between light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic. The card is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.