UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway says that after going through a battery of tests, doctor’s still can’t explain why he suffered from concussion-like symptoms in the build-up to UFC 226, which led to him being withdrawn from the event on short-notice.
“I’ve seen multiple doctors and experts, but they haven’t been able to give any answers about what happened,” Holloway said on The MMA Hour show. “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.”
However, he himself has ruled out talk that it was due to a concussion, or that he had suffered a mild stroke.
“That didn’t happen, I didn’t suffer a concussion at all. 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. 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.”