Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
USA Today Sports Media Group
USA Today Sports Media Group
Nolan King and Ken Hathaway

Jack Della Maddalena says ‘fair play’ to critics of most recent UFC fight: ‘It wasn’t a good performance’

LAS VEGAS – Jack Della Maddalena doesn’t deny his DMs and comments on social media weren’t kind after his July win over UFC newcomer Bassil Hafez, but he’s honestly OK with that.

Following a UFC 290 cancellation, Della Maddalena (15-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) was rebooked vs. Hafez (8-4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and squeaked by with a split decision victory. The lack of dominance became the subject of critique, but Della Maddalena embraces the negativity – because he agrees with it.

“I think it’s fair play,” Della Maddalena told MMA Junkie and other reporters at a Noche UFC pre-fight news conference Wednesday. “This is sport for the fans. I think they have the right to their opinion. It didn’t really bother me. I felt like it wasn’t a good performance, so fair play. … It’s hard to shut them up. I feel like they’re always going to be talking. I don’t really mind. It doesn’t really bother me. I think it’s just the way the sport is.”

Della Maddalena will have the opportunity to prove what he’s capable of Saturday when he battles Kevin Holland (25-9 MMA, 12-6 UFC) in a co-main event bout at T-Mobile Arena.

Holland rides high off a quick submission of Michael Chiesa at UFC 291 in July, though Della Maddalena wasn’t overly impressed by that performance. Regardless, Della Maddalena sees Holland as a tricky puzzle to figure out. The stakes, however, make the matchup worth it.

“I don’t know what to expect. I don’t really care,” Della Maddalena said. “I’m coming to fight. Whatever happens leading up to it happens. There’s definitely going be a time for fighting, so I’m just waiting for that. … I think a good win over Kevin Holland will get me in a nice spot to fight one of the top contenders.”

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for Noche UFC.

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.