Just when you thought you’d seen it all in mixed martial arts.
In one of the strangest endings in recent memory, Max Holloway (14-3, 10-3 UFC) was giftwrapped a technical knockout in the UFC Fight Night “Holloway vs. Oliveira” headliner Sunday at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in just 99 seconds as Charles Oliveira (20-5, 8-5 UFC) dropped levels for a double-leg takedown. As the Brazilian stood after having the attempt stuffed, he grabbed his neck area and sunk to the floor to signal that he was done.
According to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s official European website, Oliveira suffered a microscopic tear to his esophagus and is expected to be hospitalized through Tuesday.
Anatomically speaking, the esophagus is a tube found in the human throat that food passes through as it goes from the mouth to the digestive system. According to the New York Times, while perforations are rare, they are normally treated with a splint for minor tears at the top of the esophagus and surgery when the perforation is located at the middle or bottom of the organ.
As of press time, it is unclear if the 25-year-old will go under the knife.