Max Holloway Talks About His Pullout From UFC 226: ‘We Don’t Have The Answers’

Max Holloway Is Adamant That He’ll Fight Again

It’s almost three weeks since ‘Blessed’ UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was forced to pull out of UFC 226’s co-main event with Brian Ortega a few days before the contest due to concussion-like symptoms.

There were several rumors run rampant in regards to ‘Blessed’ health scare that led to his withdrawal, naming a bad weight cut, water poisoning or stroke, but at the moment there is nothing confirmed as what went wrong to the 145-pound kingpin.

During a recent episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Holloway gives an update on his health and dismiss the rumors of a stroke.

“That didn’t happen. I didn’t suffer a concussion at all,” Holloway said (via Pundit Arena). “I wish the answer was that simple. It would be easier to move forward if we knew what happened.”

“The word ‘stroke’ never came up. When the rumors came out my first thought was that it was clickbait. I never thought I wasn’t going to fight again. That never ever crossed my mind.”

“I’m a fighter. I wanted to fight,” he added. “When they were telling me to go to the emergency room, I was begging them to let me fight. Hell, when I was doing interviews, there’s some the UFC didn’t even drop because I was horrible in them.”

Holloway is back in Hawaii for further treatment, said doctors are unable to give him a legit answer what went wrong with him, but ‘Blessed’ will return to Octagon at one point.

”I’ve seen multiple doctors and experts, but they haven’t been able to give any answers about what happened,” he said. “But I’m OK. I’m going to fight again. That’s all we know.”

”All of the tests were great. When you hear those kind of things, it’s great but yet scary. You want to know what’s wrong. It’s crazy we just don’t have the answers. I’m just glad I’m healthy and OK.”

Max Holloway is riding on a 12-fight winning streak. He scored the UFC featherweight title back in 2017 when he knocked out Jose Aldo in Brazil. He defended the strap successfully on the same year by picking a third-round TKO win over Jose Aldo.

Holloway is currently on 30-days medical suspension by UFC and when he returns to Octagon is still a mystery.

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