Jack Della Maddalena Sees Fight With Josiah Harrell Axed From UFC 290, Removed From Card
published on July 8, 2023
curated and posted by BRWLRZ Team

For the second time in a week, Jack Della Maddalena has been left opponent-less for his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC 290 this weekend, with the highly-touted Australian seeing his short-notice clash with Josiah Harrell cancelled ahead of tomorrow’s event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, 

Maddalena, who boasts a 14-2 professional record, began hsi journey to UFC 290 this weekend tied to an exciting pairing with the returning, Sean Brady – until an injury suffered by the latter forced his withdrawal from the clash.

Jack Della Maddalena sees second UFC 290 clash cancelled this week

As a result, despite finding himself linked with a short-notice clash with Kevin Holland, Jack Della Maddalena had since booked a fight with LFA veteran, Harrell, however, as per an official press release from UFC, the bout has since been axed from the card.

And according to Harrell’s manager, Mauricio Blanco, a pre-fight brain MRI resulted in a moyamoya syndrome diagnosis for the former, with the welterweight now set to undergo a brain procedure.

“Per his manager Mauricio Blanco: Josiah Harrell’s #UFC290 pre-fight brain MRI may have saved his life,” MMA Junkie reporter, Nolan King tweeted. “He was diagnosed with moyamoya syndrome, a rare disease that results in blocked arteries at the base of the brain. He will undergo a brain procedure soon.” 

In the midst of a promotional-perfect four-fight winning run since landing in the promotion, Jack Della Maddalena, a product of Dana White’s Contender Series, most recently landed a first round win over Randy Brown back in February, securing an opening round rear-naked choke submission win on home soil at UFC 284 in Perth, Australia.

Prior to that, Maddalena had kickstarted his UFC tenure with a trio of stunning knockout wins over Pete Rodriguez, Ramzan Emeev, as well as British veteran, Danny Roberts. 

Tomorrow’s UFC 290 pay-per-view card features a featherweight title unification headliner between champions, Alexander Volkanovski, and interim gold holder, Yair Rodríguez. 

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