Thursday, December 06, 2018

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway appeared recently on the UFC Unfiltered podcast and said that being removed from a title defense vs. Brian Ortega at UFC 226 due to concussion-like symptoms left him with depression for a time. Making matters worse, the fighter has yet to receive a solid diagnosis on what went cause the symptoms.

“It took a little while to shake," said Holloway, as transcribed by Tweets by DamonMartin

Holloway's return from depression was accomplished without drugs.

“No medication at all," he said. "More, my medication was just being with my son. Everybody was trying to reach out to me. If I didn’t want to talk to you, I wouldn’t talk to you unless I called you. People blowing up my phone or whatever, I didn’t talk to no one. I just had my son and my family. I was like what the hell am I doing? This is not something you fight alone. You’ve got to bless yourself for sure, it will get you to that point where you realize you need other people and I got great people in my life.”

“That was my first time. I didn’t know what depression was. I saw people depressed, I’d be like ‘what are you sad for, you’re living, you’re happy’. Then smack.”

The depression and concussion-like symptoms are hopefully safely in the past now, as on Saturday night, Holloway fights a surging Brian Ortega.