UFC Fight Night 53 Update: Max Holloway Replaces “Korean Zombie”

UFC Fight Night 53 Update: Max Holloway Replaces “Korean Zombie”
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It didn’t take officials long to find a new opponent for Akira Corassani, tabbing the recently-victorious Max Holloway for the UFC Fight Night 53 co-main event.

Set for October 4 from Stockholm, Holloway will replace Chan Sung Jung, who suffered an injury in training recently. The main event for the card features Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story.

Holloway (10-3) finished Clay Collard this past weekend via third round TKO, moving his win streak to three in a row. All three of those victories have been stoppage wins, as he also topped Andre Fili and Will Chope.

The youngster has rebounded from back-to-back decision losses in 2013 to Conor McGregor and Dennis Bermudez that halted his three-fight win streak in 2012.

Corassani (12-4) is coming off a second round TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in April that snapped a three-fight win streak.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/3 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story

Featherweight: Akira Corassani vs. Max Holloway

Light Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi vs. Jan Blachowicz

Featherweight: Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/12:10 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Scott Askham

Welterweight: Alexander Yakovlev vs. Nico Musoke

Featherweight: Dennis Siver vs. Robert Whiteford

Welterweight: Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov

Middleweight: Tor Troeng vs. Krzysztof Jotko

Lightweight: Mairbek Taisumov vs. Marcin Bandel

Featherweight: Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov


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