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UFC featherweight Charles Oliveira was released from a medical facility on Tuesday in Saskatoon, Canada. He is scheduled to fly home to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Brazilian suffered a first-round TKO loss to Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night on Sunday. The fight ended at the 1-minute, 39-second mark, when Oliveira (20-5) reached for his left shoulder and eventually crumpled to the floor.
After being transported out of the Octagon in a stretcher, Oliveira immediately went to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a micro esophageal tear, according to a UFC official.
Despite the potential dangers of such a
diagnosis, the UFC stated on Tuesday that Oliveira had avoided "major" injury and would be re-evaluated upon returning to Brazil. There is no timetable for his return to competition.
"Charles Oliveira has been released from medical care in Saskatoon today and will be traveling home tomorrow," the UFC stated. "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 form his fans during this time."
Oliveira had been on a four-fight win streak prior to the loss. Holloway (14-3), who was credited with a TKO win, did not seem interested in a rematch, turning his attention toward highly ranked Frankie Edgar instead.