Max Holloway cleared of injury, open to backup spot for UFC 273 main event
You can’t keep “Blessed” down.
Mike Heck of MMA Fighting confirmed to sources familiar with Friday’s news that former UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway has recovered from the injury that forced him to pull out of a title fight with Alexander Volkanovski and that he is ready to weigh in as a stand-in for Volkanovski. title defense at UFC 273 on April 9 against Holloway’s replacement ‘Korean Zombie’ Jang Sung Jung.
ESPN was the first to report it.
The exact nature of the injury remains undisclosed, and it remains to be seen if the UFC plans to officially name Holloway as an alternate.
Holloway and Volkanovski – No. 2 and No. 1 in the global MMA Fighting rankings, respectively – were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 272 on March 5, but shortly after the fight went public in January, it was revealed that due to an injury, Holloway would pull out. from their trilogy. Several featherweight contenders volunteered to replace Holloway and Jung eventually took the opportunity.
If Holloway is called up, he will have a chance to get his first victory over Volkanovski after losing in five rounds to the Australian star at UFC 245 and UFC 251.