UFC 290 has suffered a major blow less than 10 days out from showtime in “Sin City.”
According to sources close to the situation, MMAMania.com confirmed Sean Brady is out of his highly-anticipated Welterweight showdon against Jack Della Maddalena scheduled for next weekend (Sat., July 10, 2023) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While the injury is undisclosed, Full Send MMA reported Brady is currently in the hospital (@Bendaman2001 was the first to report the news). No replacement for Brady has been identified as of this writing and there is no news if Maddalena will stay on UFC 290 at this time.
For what it’s worth, Joaquin Buckley — who was in attendance at UFC Fight Pass Invitational 4 last night (Thurs., June 30, 2023) in Las Vegas — offered to fight Maddalena at UFC 293, which takes place in Sydney, Australia, in September; however, the Australian fighter was hoping Buckley could fill in for Brady.
Time will tell.
Maddalena, 26, is coming off four straight first round finishes inside UFC, the most recent coming at UFC 284, when he stopped Randy Brown in less than three minutes (watch highlights). As for Brady, 30, he is coming off a technical knockout loss to Belal Muhammad at UFC 280 (watch highlights). He was scheduled to face Michel Pereira in March, but also had to pull out of that fight with an injury.
Expect more details on the future of this matchup as soon as they become available.
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 290 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard on ESPN/ESPN+/ABC at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.
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