LAS VEGAS — The “Blessed Era” will have to be put on hold for now.
UFC featherweight champion Max “Blessed” Holloway is expected to withdraw from his UFC 226 title fight against Brian Ortega after experiencing concussion-like symptoms.
Holloway’s management team released a statement to ESPN announcing Holloway’s withdrawal.
Holloway made an appearance during open workouts on Wednesday at the MGM Grand, but physically looked off during his performance.
Holloway was forced to withdraw from his UFC 223 fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov in April due to weight-cutting issues, but Holloway’s withdrawal from UFC 226 stems from different reasons.
It’s not certain whether Ortega will fight Saturday night now that Holloway will not be defending the featherweight belt.
Holloway has won 12 consecutive fights and last defended his belt at UFC 218, where he defeated Jose Aldo for a second time via knockout.
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