One of 2021’s most anticipated non-title fights has reportedly been postponed.

Former UFC featherweight king Max Holloway was due to face exciting 145-pounder Yair Rodriguez on 17 July.

The news was first reported by ESPN.

That bout was likely going to determine the next challenger for the UFC featherweight title after champion Alexander Volkanovski’s upcoming defence against Brian Ortega. Both of those fighters are currently coaching this ongoing season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

While the report says the fight has been postponed, no date was provided if the contest is to be rescheduled.

Fellow featherweights Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze have already expressed their interest in filling in for Holloway to take on Rodriguez.

And the Mexican could be up for a replacement fight. Rodriguez hasn’t fought for nearly two years, last appearing in the Octagon for his unanimous decision victory over Jeremy Stephens in October, 2019.