Max Holloway's trilogy fight vs. Alexander Volkanovski is off; what happened?

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Written By Daniel Yanofsky

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Fight fans volition person to hold longer for Max Holloway-Alexander Volkanovski 3. ESPN reports that Holloway is disconnected the March 5 combat for the UFC featherweight rubric aft aggravating an injury.

The combat was announced 2 days ago. It was to be the main lawsuit of UFC 272.

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Holloway made his MMA debut successful 2010 and joined the UFC successful 2012. In 2019, helium fought Dustin Poirier for the interim UFC lightweight rubric astatine UFC 236 and lost, ending a 13-fight winning streak. "Blessed" was UFC featherweight champion from 2017 to 2019 until he mislaid the loop to Volkanovski. They fought successful a rematch astatine UFC 251, with Volkanovski winning via what immoderate deemed a arguable divided decision.

Following the Volkanovski bouts, Holloway enactment connected striking clinics past twelvemonth against Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez, winning some fights. Volkanovski defended his rubric by beating Brian Ortega astatine UFC 266 successful September.

It is chartless if Volkanovski volition stay connected the card. According to Ariel Helwani, Chan Sung Jung is the front-runner to look Volkanovski successful a imaginable fight. "The Korean Zombie" is coming disconnected a triumph against Dan Ige successful June.

Former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo, who retired successful May 2020, has offered his services. Cejudo has called retired Volkanovski successful the past and would beryllium funny successful adding different rubric to his collection.

"Triple C to the rescue.@danawhite you person my number. #C4 #bendtheknee," Cejudo wrote connected Twitter.

Another combat to ticker is Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze connected Jan. 15. Kattar is 2-1 successful his past 3 fights and Chikadze is connected a nine-fight triumph streak. The victor of that combat could perchance look Volkanovski for the title. 

The different rubric combat acceptable for UFC 272 is bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling facing interim champion Petr Yan to find the undisputed champion. 

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