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Max Holloway breaks silence after UFC 222 fight cancellation: ‘Don’t give up on the sport’

The UFC featherweight champion is asking fans not to give up on MMA after his injury that scrapped his planned UFC featherweight title defense against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in March.

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Max Holloway addressed his UFC 222 withdrawal in a series of tweets Saturday. The UFC featherweight champion was forced out of his second title defense against Frankie Edgar, on Saturday February 3rd, due to a leg injury. Their bout had been set to take place March 3 in Las Vegas.

After the news was announced, ‘Blessed’ described the drastic measures he took in attempt to save the bout from being scrapped. He also added that “we’re going to reschedule” as soon as possible.

“I asked the docs if we could cut off my leg, then ask the commission if I could fight handicapped,” he wrote. “They told me at the end of the day, it is what it is.”

Holloway also responded to a pair of fans disappointed by the cancellation. The 26-year-old champ argued that injuries are part of MMA, and asked the fans not to “give up on the sport.” This marks the first time Holloway has been removed from an officially scheduled fight.

UFC 222 is now without a main event. The UFC tried to book T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt 2 for the bantamweight title, but the titleholder declined the rematch.

Per MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the promotion is hoping to book a non-title fight between Edgar and short-notice replacement Brian Ortega. That fight has yet to be finalized.