No one will replace Brian Ortega’s opponent at his UFC 226 fight.
After featherweight champ, Max Holloway has withdrawn himself from the co-main card on Wednesday due to “concussion-like symptoms,” Ortega has been officially eliminated from the fight too.
Despite this, there have been some initial reports from Lance Pugmire of LATimes.com that the Holloway vs Ortega bout is discussed to pursue at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles. Holloway’s team has not yet responded in confirmation of the said rumour.
Sad news for the featherweight challenger
UFC 226 will happen on July 7, via pay-per-view at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Holloway vs Ortega bout is part of the event’s main card joining UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic’s fight vs UFC light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier.
Regardless of the cancelled match, UFC 226 will proceed with 11 fights, still undetermined which of these will elevate to the main card.
At present, there is still no official statement from UFC whether it will compensate Ortega for his called off match.
Holloway’s team has withdrawn the fighter from UFC 226 for health reasons
Here is a statement from the Hawaiian combatant’s camp:
“Max Holloway’s team and the UFC staff realized that Max had not been normal since last week, and that was obvious to many by attending his interviews and public appearances over the last few days. He was rushed to the emergency room when he was admitted last night. Examinations showed he was well and he was released Tuesday afternoon but symptoms continued.”
“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.”
2018 is a brutal campaign year for Holloway. He first retreated from his UFC 222 bout in March due to injury. In April, the New York commission also cancelled his short-notice lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. Again, this is due to some medical concerns.
Ortega has been preparing well to seize the belt from its titleholder. Apparently, odds aren’t in his favour.