UFC featherweight Charles Oliveira’s August bout against Max Holloway was among the most anticipated of the year.
But it ended in a disappointing — and rather scary — fashion, with Oliveira suddenly folding to the mat after a failed takedown. The bout was halted at 1:39 of the first round, with Holloway announced as winner via TKO (injury — esophagus tear). Later, the injury was described as a “minor” neck injury.
“It was four hours without moving my left side.” Oliveira said. “Everything went through my head. I was afraid of being crippled. I was devastated, I cried so much. Not because of the loss, but because of how it was. It was a shock for everybody. My mom cried when she saw me. It was bad, scary, but it’s over now. I’m glad to be training jiu-jitsu again. I’ve been hitting pads and I felt no pain. I hope I can fight before the end of the year, I would like a spot on the December 19 card. I’ll be back soon.”
Oliveira noted that he doesn’t regard the result a loss, because, simply put, “there was no fight.”
“It wasn’t a punch or a kick from him that defined the fight,” he said. “I hurt myself. I’d rather be knocked out or submitted. I want that rematch bad, but Holloway has a fight coming up just like everyone else ranked above me, so the important thing is not to stand still. I want to show I’m still in the mix. If I win my next fight, I think it’s fair to face Holloway again.”
Holloway will face Jeremy Stephens in December at UFC 194.