This past Sunday at UFC Fight Night 74 in Saskatoon, Canada, Charles Oliveira endured a frightening end to his main event bout against Max Holloway.
Oliveira crumbled to the canvas following a takedown attempt early in the first round of the featherweight bout, suffering an injury that was later dubbed an “esophagus tear.”
He would later exit cageside on a stretcher, with everyone in attendance, including his opponent Holloway, hoping for the best.
It was a scary moment, indeed. But, as it turns out, it could have been much, much worse.
Today the UFC released a statement regarding Oliveira’s condition. Happily, the Brazilian has been released from the Saskatoon hospital where he was being treated, and his preliminary test results for major chest, neck, or throat injuries have come back negative.
Here is the statement in full:
“UFC featherweight Charles Oliveira has been released from medical care in Saskatoon today and will be traveling home tomorrow. Preliminary test results for major chest, neck or throat injuries were negative and Oliveira will have a follow up appointment with his local physician upon returning home. Oliveira is in good spirits and appreciates the support he’s received from his fans during this time.”
The bout was officially ruled a TKO loss (via injury to esophagus) at 1:39 of round one for Oliveira, who was enjoying a four-fight win streak in the months prior. The win was the sixth straight for his opponent, Holloway.