FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Max Holloway, left, punches Jose Aldo, of Brazil, during the third round of a UFC 218 featherweight mixed martial arts bout in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File)
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UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway's representatives say he is dropping out of his title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 this weekend due to apparent concussion symptoms. Holloway's management team announced the decision in a statement issued Wednesday night, three days before the bout. The 26-year-old Holloway is one of the UFC's most dominant and most charismatic champions, but he has been pulled from three prospective bouts this year due to three apparently different health problems.Holloway last fought in December, when he stopped former champ Jose Aldo for the second consecutive time.The UFC's International Fight Week show has lost a major fight due to injury for the fourth consecutive year, including three straight years during the week of the fight.
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