UFC Fight Night 206: The New Headlining Fight

UFC Fight Night 206 is highly anticipated by mixed martial fans all over the globe despite recent news that the headliner fight of Daniel Cormier vs. Antony Joshua was called off since Cormier had to pull out of the fight due to an injury he has sustained. The two fighters had met back in UFC fight night 187 where Cormier had emerged victorious thanks to a submission in the third round.

With the cancellation of the headline fight, let us look at what is left of the fight card for UFC 206 and why it is still going to be an epic fight night.

UFC fight night 206 is scheduled to take place on December 10th and the venue is Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The main card will air on a pay per view basis on both Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis – UFC has announced after the scrapping of the Cormier vs. Joshua fight that Holloway vs. Pettis will be the new headlining fight. This fight did already exist on the card, but it has now been promoted to a headlining fight and it now gives the fighters something much bigger to fight for – an interim belt.

Since Holloway and Pettis is fighting for the interim belt, the current interim title holder, Jose Aldo has been pushed to the main title and Conor McGregor who only recently clinched the lightweight belt has had to retire his featherweight belt as confirmed on the UFC fight night 101 broadcast which was telecasted on Fox Sports 1.

Pettis is ranked tenth in the MMA Junkie featherweight rankings whereas Holloway holds the third position. Holloway is the favorite among bookies and it comes as no surprise given his recent form wherein  he has won his last nine consecutive fights and will be eager to make that ten when he comes up against Pettis.

Pettis was able to break his poor form by topping off three losses with a submission victory over Charles Oliveira after moving down to the featherweight division.

Author : Rory McGregor