Featherweight prospect Max Holloway has stepped up on short notice to replace the injured Cody McKenzie at UFC 155.

Promotion officials announced the news Wednesday, revealing that Holloway will square off with the hard-swinging Leonard Garcia at the Dec. 29 event, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Cain Velasquez will attempt to regain his UFC heavyweight title from Junior dos Santos in the evening’s main event, which airs live on pay-per-view.

Just 21 years old, Holloway has already shown great promise in his three-fight UFC career, posting back-to-back victories after suffering a submission defeat to rising talent Dustin Poirier in his Octagon debut. The Hawaiian rebounded from that setback with a complete domination of Pat Schilling this past February and then knocked out “Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 alum Justin Lawrence on Aug. 11 at UFC 150.

Garcia, meanwhile, has lost three straight fights. The 33-year-old failed to record a victory last year, submitting to a Chan Sung Jung twister before relinquishing a unanimous decision to Nam Phan in their UFC 136 rematch. “Bad Boy” made his lone appearance this year on June 8, dropping a unanimous decision to Matt Grice at UFC on FX 3.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Miesha Tate Helps Injured 6-Year-Old Down Mountain Hiking Trail

  • 22 days ago
  • 18 views

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate probably didn’t expect to become a hero to a six-year-old girl and her family over Labor Day weekend, but that is exactly what happened. According read news >>

Gian Villante Injured, Off UFC New York Fight Card | MMAWeekly.com

  • 7 days ago
  • 5 views

Gian Villante has been forced off of the UFC 205 fight card due to injury. read news >>

Dana White's 'Conor McGregor Injured' Report in Doubt | MMAWeekly.com

  • 7 days ago
  • 121 views

Is he injured or isn't he? Shortly after a UFC Tonight report that Conor McGregor was injured and not likely to fight in New York, negating reports surfaced. read news >>

Cris Cyborg Makes Weight for First UFC Headlining Bout | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 16 views

After days of worrying, Cris "Cyborg" Justino stepped on the scale Friday morning to make her UFC Fight Night 95 headlining bout official. read news >>

Louis Smolka mocked injured Sergio Pettis and his 'hurt vagina' – and it blew up in his face

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

Frustrated after losing his opponent for next week’s UFC Fight Night 96 event, Louis Smolka posted a video talking about Sergio Pettis’ “hurt vagina” and offering him a box of tampons. Things quickly read news >>

Jose Aldo doubles down on request for UFC release, Max Holloway responds

  • a day ago
  • 333 views

Jose Aldo is doubling down on his desire for his release from the UFC, much to the chagrin of featherweight top contender Max HollowayJose Aldo did more than enough to earn his rematch against Conor read news >>