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UFC on ESPN+ 49: Max Holloway booked to take on Yair Rodriguez

Excellent opportunity for 'El Pantera'

The UFC confirmed on Thursday that former featherweight champion Max Holloway will take on the exciting “El Pantera” Yair Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN+ 49 July 17.

Holloway (22-6-0), 29, recently snapped a two-fight losing skid with an impressive decision win over Calvin Kattar at UFC on ABC 1 in January. He is still ranked No. 1 in the division and is looking to for the trilogy fight with champion Alexander Volkanovski.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez (13-2-0, 1NC), 28, has been hampered by injuries. He last fought in 2019 where he decisioned Jeremy Stephens. Despite the inactivity, he is ranked No. 3 and can strengthen his place in the title shot conversation with a big win over Holloway.

UFC on ESPN+49 is scheduled for July 17 at a venue to be determined. Announced bouts include:

MAX HOLLOWAY (22-6-0) VS. YAIR RODRIGUEZ (13-2-0, 1NC)

ODE OSBOURNE (9-3-0, 1NC) VS. AMIR ALBAZI (14-1-0)

GURMA KUTATELADZE (12-2-0) VS. DON MADGE (9-3-1)

KHALID TAHA (13-3-0) VS. SERGEY MOROZOV (16-5-0)

CAMERON ELSE (10-5-0) VS. AARON PHILLIPS (12-4-0)

BILLY QUARANTILLO (15-3-0) VS. HERBERT BURNS (11-3-0)

MALCOLM GORDON (12-5-0) VS. FRANCISCO FIGUEIREDO (12-3-1)

MILES JOHNS (11-1-0) VS. ANDERSON DOS SANTOS (21-8-0)

RODOLFO VIEIRA (7-1-0) VS. DUSTIN STOLTZFUS (13-2-0)

AMANDA LEMOS (9-1-1) VS. MONTSERRAT RUIZ (10-1-0)

RODRIGO NASCIMENTO (8-1-0) VS. ALAN BAUDOT (8-2-0)

PHIL HAWES (11-2-0) VS. DERON WINN (7-2-0)

ISLAM MAKHACHEV (19-1-0) VS. THIAGO MOISES (15-4-0)

MATEUSZ GAMROT (18-1-0, 1NC) VS. JEREMY STEPHENS (28-18-0)

DANIEL RODRIGUEZ (14-2-0) VS. ABUBAKAR NURMAGOMEDOV (16-3-1)

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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