For a sport which requires its competitors to dehydrate themselves to the point of organ failure before entering a cage to punch and kick each other in the head for 15 to 25 minutes, it has always struck me as odd how willing we are to attribute injuries and other afflictions to supernatural forces. Over the weekend, however, that’s exactly how a large section of the media and fan base reacted to the news of Max Holloway’s withdrawal from the UFC 226 co-main event title defense due to concussion like symptoms.
Much emphasis was placed on the International Fight Week Curse, with this being the fourth year in a row a championship fight or headliner booked for the Fourth of July weekend has fallen out at the final hour. Others suggested that Holloway himself might have done something to perturb evil spirits, with this being the third time in as many events he has had to withdraw.
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