Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) was scheduled to defend his featherweight title in a fight against hungry contender, Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) . Before he made the walk at UFC 226, Max was forced to pull out, the exact reason for the pull out wasn’t diagnosed. Max gives a recent update on his health and future.
“The update is I’ve seen multiple doctors and experts but they haven’t been able to give us any answers about what happened,” Holloway said. “But there’s one thing they know right now, and that’s that I’m OK. I’m OK. I’m going to fight again, but that’s all we know. As of right now I’m good.”
About the weight cut rumor.
“This wasn’t a weight cut,” Holloway said. “I made weight 20-plus times and you guys have been there through the hard weight cuts to the easy ones, to the hard training camps. This wasn’t a weight cut thing. It was weird.
About the stroke rumor.
“When we were in the ER with doctors the word ‘stroke’ never came up,” Holloway said. “I was in disbelief when people were trying to use that. My entire team wasn’t in the ER, so when we heard the rumors come out I thought it was just clickbait. If it was a stroke or heart problem or whatever people were gossiping about, how in their right mind would the doctors discharge me from the hospital? I was never scared I was never going to fight again. It never crossed my mind I might not fight again.”