Max Holloway injured, UFC on ESPN 26 main event postponed

July 12, 2020; Abu Dhabi, UAE;  Max Holloway punches Alexander Volkanovski of Australia in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports
July 12, 2020; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Max Holloway punches Alexander Volkanovski of Australia in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports

An injury to former featherweight champion Max Holloway has reportedly forced a postponement of next month’s scheduled UFC on ESPN 26 main event bout with Yair Rodriguez.

ESPN Deportes reported the news Thursday, although the exact nature of Holloway’s injury is unknown.

The fight between Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) and Rodriguez (13-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) was supposed to happen on July 17 at a venue still to be determined. It will be rescheduled to a later date, per the report.

Holloway, 29, of Hawaii, lost the featherweight title to current champion Alexander Volkanovski in December 2019. He lost a July 2020 rematch with Volkanovski in a split decision but rebounded with a unanimous decision win in January against Calvin Kattar at UFC on ABC 1.

Rodriguez, 28, of Mexico, has not fought since winning by unanimous decision against Jeremy Stephens in October of 2019 at UFC on ESPN 6.

–Field Level Media

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