BREAKING: Max Holloway vs Yair Rodriguez Cancelled Due to Injury

Published 06/17/2021, 12:36 PM EDT

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Max Holloway, who was supposed to take on Yair Rodriguez in a 5 round fight on July 17, has had to withdraw from the competition. Holloway, who put up a striking clinic against Calvin Kattar in January, was expecting to challenge for the title with a win over Rodriguez. However, a reported injury has stalled his plans, according to ESPN’s Carlos Contreras Legaspi.

Holloway’s camp has released no information about the severity of the injury sustained. Thus, the time period for which the former champ would be out of competition is unclear at the moment.

The status of the rebooking of the fight is unknown at this point. Fighters like Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze have pitched in to fight Rodriguez in place of Holloway, according to ESPN. The venue for the July 17 fight card was yet to be decided. But, The UFC Apex in Vegas was rumored to host the big featherweight bout.


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Rodriguez, who comes off from one of the most impressive fights in UFC history, has been inactive since 2018. He was linked up to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov, but the booking failed to come to fruition a number of times. A fight, and hopefully a win, over Holloway would put the young Mexican fighter right back in the title mix again.

In his last outing, Holloway registered a strike record over Calvin Kattar. The performance was one of his best showings in the UFC and UFC President Dana White said that it had earned him a shot again at gold. However, Holloway had explained that he didn’t want to chase the title fight.“He [Volkanovski] doesn’t want a tougher fight, guys, let that sink in. He wants a different fight…He knows who the toughest challenge is…So at the end of the day I’m not gonna force someone to fight me,” he said during the post-fight conference.


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Akshit Pushkarna


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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.
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