Pettis Misses Weight, Can’t Win Title
UFC 206’s headliner between Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway was set to be for the interim featherweight title, but now things have changed: Pettis missed weight on Friday morning, making him ineligible to win the belt. Holloway will still be crowned interim champion if he defeats Pettis.
Pettis weighed in at 148 lbs., three pounds over the featherweight limit of 145.
According to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, Pettis will forfeit 20% of his purse to Holloway.
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UPDATE: Helwani spoke to Pettis following the weigh-ins. The former lightweight champion said that his body simply would not lose any more weight as he neared the featherweight limit of 145 lbs.
"It was a team call," Pettis said. "My body just wouldn’t let go of that extra weight. It’s just one those things. We did everything right beforehand, everything was on point. My body just gave out. I had nothing left to give.
"In the end, we decided that my career and health are more important than those two extra pounds."
As the fight will go on, Pettis remains focused on Holloway rather than the interim title he can no longer win.
"I’m not here for the interim belt," he said. "Originally, this fight wasn’t for the belt. The plan has always been to just beat Max Holloway.
"And he’s not beating me tomorrow night."