What in the world caused Charles Oliveira (pictured) to stop fighting after just the first exchange with Max Holloway Sunday at UFC Fight Night 74?
After being taken directly to the hospital following the first round TKO loss, it was determined Oliveira suffered a micro tear in his esophagus.
“It was revealed the Oliveira suffered a micro tear in his esophagus. He is likely to remain in the hospital until Tuesday,” the UFC expressed in Monday’s brief statement.
The esophagus is a muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach.
After getting stuffed on a takedown attempt, Oliveira’s left arm appeared to twist in an awkward direction. Although he was able to get back to his feet, he immediately grabbed for his shoulder area and turned his back to Holloway, who landed a couple of punches not knowing what was happening.
Referee Herb Dean quickly stepped in to call the fight at the 1:39 mark in the opening round.
Oliveira laid on the canvas in discomfort while being attended to by physicians.
It was an anticlimactic TKO win for Holloway, but a win nonetheless.
No word on how long Oliveira will be forced to ride the pine.