Sunday night’s UFC Fight Night 47 event at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada came to an anti-climactic end, when the main event bout between Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira came to a screeching halt just over 90 seconds into the fight.
No, neither man was able to score a highlight reel finish. Instead, it was a freak injury to Oliveira that brought the fight to a screeching halt.
After Oliveira went for a takedown, the two fighters ended up on the mat.
Holloway returned to his feet. Oliveira made his way off his back shortly after, but immediately clutched his neck/collarbone area and crumbled back down to the mat signalling he could not continue.
Just like that, an otherwise exciting event had come to an end.
Oliveira was taken from the cage on a stretcher with his head in a neck brace. He was then transported to the local hospital.
After plenty of speculation about what injury Oliveira could have suffered — a stinger, torn clavicle, etc. — the Brazilian has spoken up to tell us exactly what happened when he decided to call an end to the fight.
“I injured my neck in training, but did physical therapy and thought everything was fine,” said Oliveira, via MMAFighting.com’s Guilherme Cruz, “but when I fell against the cage everything went numb, I couldn’t feel my body.”
“I’m still doing a lot of exams here at the hospital. I trained really hard for this fight.”
The exact extent of Oliveira’s injury has been reported by MMAjunkie. According to the report, Oliveira suffered a micro-tear of his esophagus in the fight.
As you would expect, Oliveira would love to have a rematch. Whether or not he gets his wish remains to be seen.
In the meantime, Oliveira’s opponent, Holloway, wants everyone to send their thoughts and best wishes as the Brazilian featherweight recovers.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via FOX Sports