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BREAKING: Max Holloway Out of the Yair Rodriguez Fight Due to Injury



Max Holloway

The much-awaited battle between Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez is now put on hold because Holloway has suffered an undisclosed injury ahead of their fight.

The fight will be pushed to a later date, for now, the news of Holloway’s injury was first reported on the UFC’s broadcasting partner ESPN. The fight was supposed to be a big fight for either of the athletes as it would’ve determined the next challenger to the UFC featherweight title.

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It is still unknown how long Holloway will be out and whether a replacement opponent will be chosen for Rodriguez. Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze have reportedly both expressed interest in fighting Rodriguez if the injury persists longer and Max Holloway has to be replaced.

When is Max Holloway expected to return?

The last time Max was inside the cage it was in January this year against Calvin Kattar. Holloway landed 60% of all his strikes. There were 274 of 553 significant strikes to the head, 117 of 133 body shots, and 54 of 58 leg kicks. Max Holloway attempted 1 takedown and landed 0. Have a look at are all the strikes Max Holloway threw and landed against Calvin Kattar.

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According to UFC stats –  Both the fighters threw over 1030 strikes combined in this fight, 1027 of the strikes were significant strikes. Significant strikes refer to all strikes but don’t include small, short strokes in the clinch and on the ground. Holloway clearly had the upper hand in the match with 59% of his significant strikes hitting on target compared to Kattar’s 47%.

Max sealed his victory with a unanimous decision, with judges scoring – Mike Bell (43-50), Ben Cartlidge (43-50), and David Lethaby (42-50).

The new line-up for the event

With the changed schedule, the line-up stands like this:

  • Marion Reneau vs. Miesha Tate
  • Amir Albazi vs. Ode Osbourne
  • Sergey Morozov vs. Khalid Taha
  • Guram Kutateladze vs. Don Madge
  • Gabriel Benitez vs. Billy Quarantillo
  • Francisco Figueredo vs. Malcolm Gordon
  • Anderson dos Santos vs. Miles Johns
  • Alan Baudot vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
  • Phil Hawes vs. Deron Winn
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises
  • Mateusz Gamrot vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Alan Baudot vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
  • Amanda Lemos vs. Montserrat Ruiz
  • Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Daniel Rodriguez

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