Jack Della Maddalena is set to participate in UFC 290 despite the changes in plans.
The widely-respected welterweight prospect is now scheduled to fight against UFC newcomer Josiah Harrell on Saturday, July 8, due to an unexpected injury that led Sean Brady, the original contender, to pull out of the fight. The news of the new booking was confirmed by Damon Martin from MMA Hook on Sunday.
With less than a week’s notice, Harrell (7-0) is entering the fight, just weeks after his triumphant third-round knockout victory over Mike Roberts at LFA 160 on June 16. A promising 24-year-old fighter from Ohio, Harrell has shown his skills in both lightweight and welterweight matches, boasting an impressive record of finishing all his seven professional fights.
Harrell now finds himself facing a significant challenge against Maddalena (14-2), who has maintained a flawless 4-0 UFC record, all being first-round finishes, since his debut in the promotion in early 2022. After his recent victory—a first-round submission of Randy Brown at UFC 284—Maddalena received his third consecutive UFC post-fight bonus.
Brady made his withdrawal from the competition public last week, revealing through an Instagram post that he was struggling with a severe case of Streptococcus B infection in his left elbow.
Experienced UFC middleweight Chris Curtis openly campaigned for the short-notice opportunity to fight Maddalena, but the UFC decided to proceed with Harrell instead.
The upcoming UFC 290 is set to take place this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena. Serving as the focal point of the UFC’s annual International Fight Week celebrations, the card features two championship fights: a face-off between Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez for the featherweight title unification, and a third bout between UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC 290
Who will Jack Della Maddalena fight at UFC 290?
Jack Della Maddalena will fight UFC newcomer Josiah Harrell at UFC 290.
Why has the matchup changed for UFC 290?
The matchup changed because Sean Brady, the original opponent, withdrew due to an injury.
When is the fight between Jack Della Maddalena and Josiah Harrell scheduled?
The fight is scheduled for Saturday, July 8, as part of UFC 290.
What is Josiah Harrell’s fighting record?
Josiah Harrell has a fighting record of 7-0, with all victories ending in a finish. His latest win was a third-round knockout against Mike Roberts at LFA 160.
Who was originally supposed to fight Jack Della Maddalena at UFC 290?
Sean Brady was originally slated to fight Jack Della Maddalena at UFC 290, but he had to withdraw due to a severe case of Streptococcus B in his left elbow.
What is Jack Della Maddalena’s UFC record?
Jack Della Maddalena has a perfect 4-0 UFC record with all victories coming via first-round stoppages. He earned his third consecutive UFC post-fight bonus for his most recent win.
Where will UFC 290 take place?
UFC 290 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena as part of the annual International Fight Week festivities.