UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway was pulled out of a title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 due to concussion-like symptoms.
The featherweight kingpin has undergone a lot of medical testing since that time and Holloway says he’s okay to fight again.
“I’ve seen multiple doctors and experts but they haven’t been able to give us any answers about what happened,” Holloway said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “There’s one thing they know right now and that’s that I’m okay. I’m okay and I’m gonna fight again, that’s all we know. As of right now, I’m good.”
Holloway has pulled out of three straight fights and was last seen in action against former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at UFC 218.
Now that Holloway is “good,” a confident champion believes he is going to be fighting by the end of the year.
“They put me on medical suspension for 30 days and we’re taking it slow,” Holloway said. “They still didn’t figure out what was wrong but everything is coming back good. They’re just being cautious with me right now. I think after this 30 day period, we should get back to business, hopefully before the end of the year. It’s a tough one, having that year last year and then having this year this year, but this year is not over. I’m very confident that I’ll be back in there before the end of the year. Don’t count the kid out yet. The year’s not done, the story’s not written. We’ve got a lot more to write down and we’re just getting started. People keep forgetting, people keep questioning but we’re still in Blessed Era.”
Brian Ortega is still ranked #1 in the UFC Featherweight Division and is the rumored opponent for Holloway when the champion returns to action.