Fight fans will have to wait longer for Max Holloway-Alexander Volkanovski 3. ESPN Reports that Holloway is out of the March 5 fight for the UFC featherweight title after aggravating an injury.
The fight was announced two days ago. It was to be the main event of UFC 272.
Holloway made his MMA debut in 2010 and joined the UFC in 2012. In 2019, he fought Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim lightweight title at UFC 236 and lost, ending a 13-game winning streak. “Blessed” was the UFC featherweight champion from 2017 to 2019 until he lost the belt to Volkanovski. They fought in a rematch at UFC 251, with Volkanovski winning through what some saw as a controversial split decision.
After the Volkanovski fights, Holloway performed surprising clinics last year against Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez, winning both fights. Volkanovski defended his title by beating Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in September.
It is unknown if Volkanovski will remain on the card. According to Ariel Helwani, Chan Sung Jung is the favorite to face Volkanovski in a possible fight. “The Korean Zombie” is coming off a win against Dan Ige in June.
Former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion Henry Cejudo, who retired in May 2020, has offered his services. Cejudo has called Volkanovski in the past and would be interested in adding another title to his collection.
“Triple C to the rescue. @Danawhite you have my number. # C4 #bendtheknee,” Cejudo wrote on Twitter.
Another fight to watch is Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze on January 15. Kattar is 2-1 in his last three fights and Chikadze is on a nine-fight win streak. The winner of that fight could face Volkanovski for the title.
The other title fight scheduled for UFC 272 is that of bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling who takes on interim champion Petr Yan to determine the undisputed champion.