Max Holloway released his first statement since being removed from UFC 226 on Twitter, thanking the UFC for looking out for his best interest.

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Holloway, the reigning featherweight champion, was scheduled to defend his title against Brian Ortega in the co-main event. However, “Blessed” was sent to the hospital twice during the week with concussion-like symptoms.

“It was what it was. Respect to Ortega and his team,” Holloway wrote. “Thank you Dana White and the UFC staff for making my health priority. Also thank you to Jeremy Stephens and Frankie Edgar for being about that champ life and stepping up. I see you.

“To all the fans I know this rollercoaster can be frustrating because my team is also on it with you. All I can say is I’m truly sorry and I hope you guys stay buckled in because it is far from being over. Don’t let the bad surprises distract you from the good surprises in this great sport. The best is still blessed.”