Max Holloway (pictured) will take Cody McKenzie's place on just 11 days notice at UFC 155 - Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Rising featherweight prospect Max Holloway has just accepted the most high profile bout of his young career, stepping in on short notice to fight Leonard Garcia on the UFC 155 preliminary card. Find out all the details below.
Out with "The AK Kid" and in with the "Blessed" one.
While fighters continue to drop of the end of the year pay-per-view (PPV) event, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is continuing to line up replacements for UFC 155. The preliminary card bout between Cody McKenzie and Leonard Garcia was put in jeopardy yesterday when The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 12 alumni dropped out due to injury.
Thankfully, the UFC was quick to find a suitable replacement as up-and-coming featherweight Max Holloway accepted the challenge to take on the battle-tested veteran Garcia on short notice, according to a report by MMA Weekly.
Holloway (6-1) has won two straight fights since dropping his UFC debut at the beginning of the year against Dustin Poirier. He's most recently coming off his first stoppage victory in the UFC, defeating the much-hyped prospect Justin Lawrence via second round TKO this past August.
Holloway will be hoping to be more than just the youngest fighter on the UFC roster. He wants a big win over a recognizable name.
Garcia (15-9-1) has been reeling, and you can make a case that he hasn't won any of his past 10 fights under the Zuffa banner. "Bad Boy" is entering the bout in desperate need of a victory, most recently losing to Matt Grice this past June.
The Greg Jackson-trained fighter can certainly be entertaining at times, but if he can't defeat a short notice replacement fighter, that may not be enough.
UFC 155 will be headlined by a Heavyweight Championship bout featuring current beltholder Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez. Also on tap is a feature lightweight attraction between Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller. You can find all the latest fight card updates right here.