Report: Max Holloway out of UFC Title Fight vs. Alexander Volkanovski Due to Injury

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 7, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 13: Max Holloway reacts after his victory over Yair Rodriguez of Mexico in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
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Max Holloway has reportedly been removed from his scheduled UFC 272 fight against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski due to injury.

According to ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Holloway aggravated an existing injury Thursday, just days after accepting the March 5 fight.

Holloway and Volkanovski met twice previously with Volkanovski winning by unanimous decision at UFC 245 and by split decision at UFC 251.

The 30-year-old Holloway is a former UFC featherweight champion, having won it from Jose Aldo in a unification bout at UFC 212.

After three successful title defenses, Holloway dropped the championship to Volkanovski in their first bout at UFC 245 in December 2019.

Holloway owns an overall professional record of 23-6 with 10 wins by way of knockout, and he has won two fights in a row since his back-to-back losses to Volkanovski.

Most recently, Holloway beat Yair Rodriguez by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in November.

Volkanovski, 33, is 23-1 with 11 knockouts in his career, and he is in the midst of a 20-fight winning streak.

The Aussie has never lost a fight in the UFC, posting a perfect 10-0 record dating back to his debut in November 2016.

Since his wins over Holloway, Volkanovski owns a unanimous-decision victory over Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in September.

The UFC has yet to make an official announcement regarding the Holloway vs. Volkanovski fight and whether a replacement for Holloway will be named.

The other major fight scheduled for the UFC 272 card in Las Vegas is a bantamweight title unification bout between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan.