History has been made in the UFL. The first official trade between two teams – both in separate conferences, has occurred. The Birmingham Stallions have traded DB Alijah Holder to the San Antonio Brahmas, in return for DB Bubba Bolden.
From there, Holder ended up moving to the XFL for the 2023 season. He played with the Seattle Sea Dragons, starting in three of nine active games. Alijah finished with 25 tackles in 2023.
After being picked up by Birmingham, he now heads to San Antonio, bringing depth to the secondary. Holder is a hard-hitting defensive back, and has NFL experience playing in ten games with the Denver Broncos.
Bubba Bolden | Birmingham Stallions
Interestingly enough, Bubba has also had a rather unique journey in the spring football scene. He was drafted by the Brahmas back in 2022, but opted out of the XFL due to some NFL opportunities with the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns.
Bolden played the majority of his college football at Miami, where he totaled 116 tackles and an interception during his time there.
First #UFL trade confirmed! Stallions trade Alijah Holder to SA for Bubba Bolden. Bolden played at Miami where he was All-ACC & a Jim Thorpe semifinalist. He signed w/ SEA as an UDFA in '22. Was most recently w/ CLE
Now, Bolden will bring more depth to an already loaded secondary in Birmingham. The Stallions currently roster Mark Gilbert, Channing Stribling, Eli Walker, Nevelle Clarke, Ike Brown, and Kenny Robinson – just to name a few.
It’s remarkable to see a trade like this officially go down – the first of its kind. The UFL now has seen its first inter-conference trade, with a USFL and XFL team participating together.
San Antonio has taken an interesting approach to free agency so far, signing dozens of players to Letters Of Intent. The team is stacked, but will have to cut down on some talent before training camp.
Meanwhile, Zach Potter continues to build upon his strong foundation in Birmingham. The back-to-back USFL champions are poised to run it back in 2024 – even without their MVP in Alex McGough.
What are your thoughts on this UFL trade between the Birmingham Stallions and San Antonio Brahmas? Will Alijah Holder and/or Bubba Bolden make the regular season rosters? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!