Max Holloway opens as heavy favorite over Yair Rodriguez for July 17 headliner

No. 1 ranked featherweight contender and former undisputed UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is set to make his return to the octagon in the Summer and will take on no. 3 ranked contender Yair Rodriguez. The fight promotion officially announced the match on Thursday.

The bout will take place on July 17 and the fight is set to be a five round main event.

Holloway’s last fight was arguably the best performance of his career as he showcased a masterclass performance against no. 5 ranked contender Calvin Kattar. Holloway landed an unprecedented amount of 445 significant strikes and threw a total amount of 744 significant strikes.

Rodriguez has not fought since October 2019, when he defeated Jeremy Stephens by way of unanimous decision.

The Mexican stand-up extraordinaire is unbeaten in his last three fights and has not lost since 2017.

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Betting lines have already opened up on this bout despite contracts not being signed yet.

Holloway is currently a -400 favorite, while Rodriguez is a +375 underdog, according to

With the odds previously mentioned, one would have to place a $400 bet on Holloway in order to win $100, while a $100 bet on Rodriguez would reward a winning bet of $375.

Regardless of the gambling side of the featherweight bout, this fan-friendly fight between Holloway and Rodriguez is sure to provide fireworks.