Sean Brady has been forced out of his upcoming fight against Jack Della Maddalena at UFC 290 in Las Vegas on July 8th due to an injury.
With there now only being a week until the event it’s going to be tricky for the UFC to find a suitable opponent for the in-form Maddalena on such short notice, but it seems that the 26-year-old is willing to face anyone who’ll step up and take the fight.
“Brady has sh*t the bed,” Maddalena wrote on Instagram. “Open challenge to anyone in the promotion. 170 – 185 International fight week.”
There’s already been some interest, most notably from Kevin Holland, who says he’ll take the fight and also still keep his previously booked bout against Michael Chiesa at UFC 291 on July 29th!
“I’m gonna check my weight, I think I can make it, 170, no problem,” Holland wrote on Instagram. “Hell, matter of fact…Chiesa fight? Let me fight both of these guys at 175. 175 July [8th]? Scrap that one, then the next one? July 29th, 175, two fights, You know who the real BMF is round this mother*cker.”
The 26-year-old Maddalena has become one of the welterweight division’s most notable rising stars in the past couple of years after winning four fights in a row since joining the promotion.
Impressively, Maddalena won all four inside the first round, with victories over Pete Rodriguez, Ramazan Emeev and Danny Roberts all coming via TKO, while most recently he submitted Randy Brown.
Regardless of the outcome of Maddalena’s fight booking, UFC 290 will still proceed with a strong line-up that includes being headlined by a featherweight title showdown between current champion Alexander Volkanovski and interim titleholder Yair Rodriguez, while flyweight champion Brandon Moreno defends his belt against Alexandre Pantoja and Robert Whittaker fights Dricus du Plessis in a middleweight title eliminator.