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Max Holloway issues statement on UFC 222 fallout: ‘I asked the docs if we could cut off my leg’

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The mixed martial arts (MMA) world took another hit earlier today (Sat., Feb. 3, 2018) when it was revealed that UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway would not be defending his title opposite Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on Mar. 3 in Las Vegas due to a leg injury suffered in training.

It’s the first time “Blessed” has ever had to withdraw from a bout. Oddly enough, Edgar was forced out of their original title fight back at UFC 218 due to injury also.

Holloway, who is as game as they come, issued the following statement through social media earlier tonight to discuss the situation:

Some fighters just aren’t destined to fight, so hopefully Holloway and Edgar don’t turn out that way. Instead, UFC should look to reschedule the featherweight title fight as soon as possible, especially if the injury to “Blessed” isn’t severe.

UFC officials have yet to announce a new main event for UFC 222 so it’s anyone’s guess what the promotion is going to do with that. As of now, the biggest fight left on the card is a heavyweight tilt between former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski and Stefan Struve.

Stick with Mania for more UFC 222/Holloway updates.