Top-ranked featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez are in talks to finally meet on November 13 after an injury scratched them from a UFC Fight Night meeting in July.
It looks like fans will get to see Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez compete this fall. UFC President Dana White said in an interview with TSN’s Aaron Bronstetter that the promotion is targeting the featherweights to headline an upcoming event on November 13. The two were originally scheduled to fight on July 17 before Holloway was forced to withdraw due to an injury.
The longtime former featherweight champion, Holloway is coming off a statistically electrifying performance against Calvin Kattar in January where he set a UFC record for significant strikes landed (445) and shouted at the commentators seated cageside that he was “the best boxer in the UFC.” Prior to the bout, Holloway had gone the distance in back-to-back razor close decision losses to reigning champion Alexander Volkanovski who snapped his 14 fight featherweight win-streak that went back to 2014.
Yair Rodriguez has been out of action since 2019 where he bested UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens that October, a rebooking of a bout they had a month prior that ended in seconds prematurely due to an eye-poke that resulted in a no contest. Prior to that, it had been roughly ten months since he competed where he defeated Chan Sung Jung with a spinning elbow in the final second of a five round fight that was regarded as one of the greatest finishes in MMA history.
No location or details on the undercard have been made official at this time.