Holloway Wins Interim Featherweight Belt
The road to UFC 206’s main event saw ups, downs and changes, but in the end, Max Holloway finally showed why he belongs.
Max Holloway took on Anthony Pettis in the event’s headline bout, and if Holloway won, he would become interim featherweight champion. Pettis could not claim the title due to missing weight, becoming the first fighter in UFC to fail to make weight for a title bout since Travis Lutter in 2007.
In round one, both fighters had their share of blows that landed on the other. Pettis hit Holloway with several kicks throughout the round, and he came in ever-so aggressive. So aggressive, in fact, that Pettis blew off Holloway in the pre-fight glove touch. Holloway, however, was able to land several combinations on Pettis, and he delivered hard counterpunches when Pettis charged in too much.
Early in the second, Holloway caught Pettis with a punch and sent him to the canvas, though Pettis would not be in any trouble. Pettis failed to land a cartwheel kick, and Holloway made him pay for it. Holloway continues to blast Pettis with shots, giving the former UFC and WEC lightweight champion some blood and swelling over an eye. Pettis was finally able to stop some of Holloway’s momentum by getting him on the fence.
Pettis opened the third with three straight leg kicks that land. Both fighters end up going to the fence, with Holloway trying to get a takedown on Pettis, but gets nothing. The two clash more in the center, and Pettis gets knocked down again, but Holloway doesn’t stay on the ground with him for long. With both back up, Holloway fires a multitude of shots, and Pettis can barely take it. Yves Lavigne calls the bout off, and Max Holloway not only gets his 10-fight win streak, but also finally earns UFC gold.
Also on tonight’s card, Cub Swanson and Doo Ho Choi competed in a fight that may have earned potential Fight of the Night honors and a Fight of the Year nomination. The MMA community heavily praised the bout, but, ultimately, Swanson won the bout via unanimous decision, with two judges giving him a clean sweep. And in the co-main event, Donald Cerrone and Matt Brown also fought a competitive, hard-hitting bout. Some may have counted Cerrone out after the second, but all it took was one switch kick that landed just right on Brown’s head, knocking him out and giving Cowboy the win.
Main Card Results (Pay-Per-View, 10 p.m. ET)
Max Holloway def. Anthony Pettis via TKO (Rd. 3, 4:50)
Donald Cerrone def. Matt Brown via KO (Rd. 3, 0:34)
Cub Swanson def. Doo Ho Choi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Tim Kennedy via TKO (Rd. 3, 2:45)
Emil Meek def. Jordan Mein via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card Results (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Misha Cirkunov def. Nikita Krylov via submission (guillotine choke) (Rd. 1, 4:38)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Drew Dober via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 2, 2:57)
Viviane Pereira def. Valerite Letourneau via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Matthew Lopez def. Mitch Gagnon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Preliminary Card Results: (UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET)
Lando Vannata def. John Makdessi via KO (Rd. 1, 1:40)
Rustam Khabilov def. Jason Saggo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dustin Ortiz def. Zach Makovsky via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)