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Max Holloway off UFC 226 due to concussion-like symptoms


For the third time this year, Max Holloway has been pulled from a UFC card.

Ariel Helwani reported tonight that Holloway is off Saturday’s UFC 226 pay-per-view due to what his management team described as concussion-like symptoms after not appearing normal in the last week.

“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 over night,” Holloway’s management team wrote in a statement to ESPN. “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."

They noted that Holloway is now back in the ER for further tests.

Holloway was scheduled to defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega in the semi-main event of Saturday's PPV in Las Vegas before having to be pulled. Ortega's status for the show hasn't been made clear as of this writing.

UFC 226 will be headlined by Daniel Cormier challenging for Stipe Miocic's heavyweight title.

Holloway this year has had to pull out of fights against Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov, the latter of which was for the UFC lightweight championship. Holloway took the bout with Nurmagomedov on short notice and was pulled during his weight-cut, while a leg injury kept him from facing Edgar.