Holloway Injured, Out of UFC 222

UFC 222’s main event has taken a hit, as UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway has been injured and will not be able to defend his title against Frankie Edgar.

Sources tell Ariel Helwani that Holloway injured his leg during training, which forced him to withdraw from the card.

This is the second time that a title bout between Holloway and Pettis has been postponed due to injury. Edgar was scheduled to challenge for the title at UFC 218 back in December, but an injury forced him to the sidelines, while Holloway defended his title in a rematch with Jose Aldo.

According to Helwani, the current plan for UFC 222 right now is for Edgar to fight Brian Ortega in a non-title bout, while a different title bout becomes the new headliner. One possibility for the new main event title fight, according to Helwani, is a bantamweight title rematch featuring T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.

However, when Helwani reached out to Dillashaw’s camp, his coach stated that Garbrandt “has to earn a rematch” first. Dillashaw is focused on a potential July bout with UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson.

Garbrandt responded to the news with a strongly worded tweet, claiming he accepts a UFC 222 title bout with Dillashaw, calling the champion out.

The co-main event of UFC 222 is scheduled as Stefan Struve vs. former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.

UFC 222 takes place on March 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Original Story: MMAFIGHTING.com

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