“It’s a weird situation. Some people think it’s concussion-related and some people think it’s weight-cut related.
They haven’t really got down to the bottom of what it is…but according to him he feels fine but obviously he’s not fine. So we’re going to continue to try to figure out what’s wrong with Max Holloway.
In the meantime, there’s no way that this guy is gonna fight anytime soon. I can’t remember exactly what the timeframe is but he was getting ready for a fight, that fight fell out, he was getting ready for another fight and he didn’t make weight, couldn’t make weight and the list goes on and on.
Three or four fights, I can’t remember exactly what it was but the guy’s been training and cutting weight for three-four fights in a row. It’s very weird, we’ll figure it out and that’s that.”
One of the most highly anticipated fights…perhaps of all time was put on hold yesterday with the announcement of UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway’s removal from his UFC 226 co-main event against Brian Ortega.
What was reported initially as concussion-like symptoms appear to be still in question by the UFC President. Regardless, the featherweight champion is going to be out for awhile which puts to bed the rumors of him and Ortega getting bumped onto UFC 227 next month on the 4th.
This fight cancellation now marks the third straight for Holloway as he was supposed to defend his title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 and challenge for the lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.
Because of this, we’re left now wondering what will be next for the clear top contender, Ortega who was offered a replacement bout with Jeremy Stephens for this Saturday night. Ortega would decline and Stephens will remain set to take on former champion, Jose Aldo at UFC on Fox 30, July 28th.
Whoever Ortega fights next, it will be safe to assume that a title of some sort will be on the line.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/5/2018