Max Holloway has confirmed the worst.
Following a report that the featherweight champion will be unable to make his scheduled title defense against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on March 3 due to a leg injury, Holloway took to Twitter on Saturday to address the news:
I asked the docs if we could cut off my leg then ask the commission if I could fight handicapped. They told me at the end of the day it is what it is… Had dozens of family from Hawaii coming up for this one... I know it sucks but hang in there. We're going to reschedule asap https://t.co/E6G1lC4eU1— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) February 4, 2018
“I asked the [doctors] if we could cut off my leg, then ask the commission if I could fight handicapped,” Holloway wrote. “They told me at the end of the day, it is what it is.”
He also added that he hopes to reschedule the fight with Edgar as soon as possible.
This is the second time that Holloway and Edgar have been booked to fight, with their first meeting at UFC 218 last December being canceled by an Edgar injury. Since making his UFC debut in February 2012, the 26-year-old Holloway had never withdrawn from a bout prior to this incident.
I know it sucks but don’t give up on the sport. Card changes have always been part of it. Changes are opportunities for other fighters to get their shot. Surprises are what make this sport unique. Hang on and I’ll find you at the next one https://t.co/FAdjCTBKFx— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) February 4, 2018