BREAKING: Max Holloway Gets His Next Fight-A Blockbuster Main Event on July 17

Published 05/26/2021, 10:37 PM EDT
EDMONTON, AB – JULY 26: Max Holloway poses on the scale during the UFC 240 weigh-in at Rogers Place on July 26, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway, has his next fight scheduled. Per what UFC President Dana White has told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, ‘Blessed’ will fight a returning Yair Rodriguez on July 17. Further sources have confirmed that neither fighter has signed the contract for the fight. However, the clash is close to being finalized.

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Rodriguez, who last fought in October 2019, earned a decision win over veteran Jeremy Stephens. ‘Blessed’, on the other hand, put on arguably the best performance of his life against Calvin Kattar in January. He will look to build on that win.

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Holloway deserves credit for electing to fight. As the top-ranked contender, he could have chosen to wait for the winner of the featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega. Instead, he opted to remain active and take on a dangerous opponent like Rodriguez, putting his status as the no.1 contender on the line.

Rodriguez, on the other hand, will return to action after serving his USADA suspension. ‘El Pantera’ will want to establish himself as the next title challenger. A win over Holloway will almost certainly help him get that status, but it’s easier said than done against ‘Blessed’.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (R-L) Max Holloway punches Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Hawaiian absolutely demolished Kattar in his last fight on the first UFC card of 2021. If he puts on a similar performance, Rodriguez will be in for the toughest fight of his career.

Max Holloway vs Yair Rodriguez: Potential fight of the year?

Both ‘Blessed‘ and ‘El Pantera‘ are two of the best strikers in the entire UFC roster. Rodriguez has a unique and creative side to his game which is hard to match for his opponents; Holloway’s flair, combined with his volume and technical striking, is a problem for anyone.

Stylistically, the fight promises to be a banger. It’s hard to imagine either fighter not willing to meet in the center of the Octagon and start trading. Fans are in for a treat in this one. Also, with the winner potentially fighting for the belt next, stakes will be higher than ever.

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Who gets it done in July? Let us know your pick.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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