UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was suddenly pulled from his co-main event fight at UFC 226 this weekend. Breaking yesterday, reports indicated ‘Blessed’ was suffering a bad concussion sustained in training…
Featuring a blockbuster line up this weekend, UFC 226 suffered a crushing blow yesterday. Having suffered a concussion in training, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was rushed to ER and pulled from the monster pay-per-view.
‘Blessed,’ who previously pulled out of a bout with Frankie Edgar due to injury and Khabib due to the short notice weight cut, is not in a great situation here. A concussion is no joke, and his opponent Brian Ortega is now left without an opponent for this weekend.
The UFC later confirmed that ‘T-City’ would be pulled from the card too and the bout would be rescheduled at a later date. Needless to say, there are a lot of disappointed fans.
Conor McGregor’s Message to Max Holloway
During the five years since they fought, Conor McGregor and Max Holloway have never seen eye-to-eye. After ‘The Notorious’ was stripped of the 145-pound belt and Holloway won it from Jose Aldo, ‘Blessed’ and his Irish foe continued beefing.
After hearing about Max Holloway’s unfortunate withdrawal from UFC 226, McGregor issued a short statement on Twitter. Surprisingly, the Irish striker was respectful and offered his support to Holloway:
Max Holloway Could Be Out For Some Time
Unfortunately, concussions of this nature are treated very seriously. It would be nice to suggest Holloway’s return would be sooner rather than later but that would be wishful thinking.
One very interesting moment was caught on film, as reported by LowKickMMA.com, featuring a ‘sleepy’ looking Max Holloway. Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping picked up on how tired Holloway looked during the pre-fight interview this week:
Holloway Didn’t Look Too Good
“You say you feel great, and don’t be offended when I say this, but you look like you just got out of bed,” Bisping said to Holloway, per Sherdog.com’s Tristen Critchfield. “Are you tired, what’s going on, how’s the weight cut? Are you drained? You look a little sleepy.”
“I’m good man. A little bit tired. They got me doing a bunch of media stuff, but I’ll be fine, Holloway responded. “I can’t wait. I can’t wait to go out there and do the damn thing.”
Continuing with a strong card, UFC 226 will still definitely miss that second title fight. As it stands, the superfight between DC and Stipe Miocic is still all good and Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis is now the PPV co-main event!
UFC 226 updated fight card below
UFC 226 FIGHT CARD: MAIN CARD Stipe Miocic (c) vs Daniel Cormier
Francis Ngannou vs Derrick Lewis
Michael Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree Jr.
PRELIMINARY CARD Uriah Hall vs Paulo Costa
Raphael Assuncao vs Rob Font
Curtis Millender vs Max Griffin
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD Dan Hooker vs Gilbert Burns
Lando Vannata vs Drakkar Klose
Jamie Moyle vs Emily Whitmire
Paul Felder vs Mike Perry