Former undisputed UFC featherweight champion, Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway could reportedly be facing a potential six month sidelining from active competition after he recently exacerbated a prior undisclosed injury.
Holloway, who was expected to fight current featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski in a targeted UFC 272 main event on March 5. – was forced to halt any plans to meet the Australian in a trilogy bout, citing the aggravation of a prior injury.
As a result, plans to book the two together for a third time were scuppered and shelved indefinitely, with the search currently underway to find a replacement for the injury-stricken Holloway, which would see Volkanovski still compete early this year – most likely at UFC 273 in April.
Per The MMA Hour host, Ariel Helwani, however, ahead of a projected evaluation in a month’s time, it appears Holloway may face anywhere up to a period of six months sidelined amid the recent aggravation.
“(Alexander) Volkanovski (vs.) (Max) Holloway 3 is not to be, because we find out shortly thereafter, that Holloway reaggravated an injury,” Helwani said. “He’s (Max Holloway) going to be out perhaps for up to six months. It’s still unclear, they’re going to reevaluate him in a month or so.”
The Hawaii fan-favorite had most recently featured in the main event of UFC Vegas 42 in November, defeating the returning Chihuahua striker, Yair Rodriguez in a back-and-forth unanimous decision win over five rounds.
Headlining UFC on ABC 1 last January, Holloway turned in a spectacular striking showing en route to a record-setting unanimous judging win over Calvin Kattar – who returns this weekend in a pivotal featherweight clash against Giga Chikadze.
Whilst Volkanovski has yet to book a replacement opponent for an April title defense, the #4 ranked, Chan Sung Jung is reportedly the current frontrunner to headline the UFC 273 pay-per-view event against the New South Wales tactician.
Furthermore, whilst not officially signed, the promotion were targeting a bantamweight title unification bout between Aljamain Sterling, and interim gold holder, Petr Yan for the same UFC 272 event on March 5. – however, it now appears that title fight is also expected to move forward a month and feature at UFC 273.
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