Video: Max Holloway appears to be slurring his words & we’re concerned

Max Holloway slurring words

This post is going to piss so many people off. Call us crazy but a few days out from UFC 231 and we’re still worried about Max Holloway.

We could bury our head in the sand just assume everything is alright but we can’t. Something has just felt off about our favorite Hawaiian fighter lately. We couldn’t put our finger on it until we saw this new interview.

Five months ago, Holloway was removed from UFC 226 just three days prior to the event. When Max got the hook for health concerns it was covered in mystery. One of the biggest stars the UFC has and there were rumors he’d never fight again due to concussions and overall brain well-being.

Retired from MMA at age 26? How bad was Holloway’s injuries?

In American football college and NFL players have been forced into early retirement from concussions on a yearly basis. Sometimes all it takes is two or three blasts to the brain and players are just never the same again.

Its 2018 and this our new reality. People’s knowledge of concussions and traumatic brain injuries are not a genie that can be put back in the bottle.

Max Holloway was never the best on the mic but this interview from earlier in the week has us concerned. Blessed just does not sound like himself. Maybe we’re overthinking it. Maybe we’re being over cautious with a fighter we root for and love to see compete.

Watching a now 27-year-old Max struggle with his words, boarding on slurring, does not give us a any good feelings.

Did Max come back too soon? Unlike a bone break or muscle tears, brains injuries don’t just heal themselves; when you get a check mark next to it, the injury sticks with you.

Check out the video below and see for yourself.

Good luck at UFC 231 this weekend Max, MiddleEasy is thinking about you.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It is just short of a term called “Word Salad”!
    A word salad is a “confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases”, most often used to describe a symptom of a neurological or mental disorder. The words may or may not be grammatically correct, but are semantically confused to the point that the listener cannot extract any meaning from them.
    The “Blessed” appears to not be firing on all cylinders. There are supplements/growth factors/neurotransmitters that help repair the components of the brain. Somehow the fighters, promoters and Regulatory Commission needs to come together to the heath of the fighter and realize the fighters need these supplements, specially after being KO/TKO’d.
    The company Onnit has one and Joe Rogan promotes it on his show but there are several others. Some will absolutely improve the brain functionality. Some have animal growth factors from eggs and I am not sure if USADA would be against that specific one but it works. Maybe, they can regulate it under doctors supervision and test? Somewhere people need to come together permit these fighters before it is to late!

  2. I’ve been thinking the same thing. I literally just did a google search trying to see if anyone else thought he still doesn’t sound right… something really sounds wrong. The difference is beyond noticeable.

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