UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has been pulled from UFC 226 this weekend after displaying “concussion-like symptoms.”
The Hawaiian was billed to fight Brian Ortega for the featherweight strap at the T-Mobile Arena – but he was hospitalised after his team noticed he was acting strangely.
His management team released the following statement: “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.”
During an interview with UFC on Fox, British ace and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping said: “You say you feel great, and don’t be offended when I say this, but you look like you just got out of bed.
“Are you tired, what’s going on, how’s the weight cut? Are you drained? You look a little sleepy.”
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