Jack Della Maddalena doesn’t have any plans to leave Las Vegas without getting a fight. Originally scheduled to face Sean Brady at UFC 290, the Australian prospect had a short-notice opponent change due to Brady withdrawing because of injury, only for that opponent to have to withdraw due to a serious health condition. In place of Brady, Josiah Harrell was set to make his UFC debut against Maddalena, until a medical check by the UFC discovered that Harrell had a rare brain disease.
Just one day before he was to face Jack Della Maddalena, Harrell was pulled from the fight and his management team revealed that he needed a procedure done to correct a rare brain disease that was found by the UFC medical team. As his opponents fell out and he was unable to compete at UFC 290 this past weekend, Maddalena still wants to fight. According to John Morgan of The Underground and Sports Illustrated, the 14th-ranked welterweight is looking to get on this weekend’s UFC Vegas 77 card, and the promotion would like the fight to take place at welterweight.
Jack Della Maddalena is indeed going to remain in Las Vegas in hopes of getting an opponent for Saturday’s #UFCVegas77 event, a UFC official confirmed.
Additional source said promotion wants fight at welterweight, whether it be rostered athlete or new signing. Stay tuned!!
— John Morgan (@JohnMorgan_MMA) July 9, 2023
Since making his promotional debut at UFC 270 in 2022, Jack Della Maddalena has gone on to compile four consecutive first-round finishes, his most recent coming against Randy Brown earlier this year.
One of the most hyped and talked about prospects in the sports, ‘JDM’ has found himself as a fan favorite which explains the UFC’s desire to get him a fight for the weekend. The report added that the UFC would look for either a welterweight currently already on their roster, or bringing in a new signing the promotion does not want to look for a catchweight, at least at this time.
Depending on who the promotion can match him up with, there’s a chance that another impressive victory can put Maddalena right around, if not, inside the division’s top-10 rankings.
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