Here’s Jose Aldo’s Next Opponent
UFC 206 received a hefty body blow before it even got underway when on November 25th, the headline event for the light heavyweight title between Daniel Cormier and Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson was pulled due to Cormier suffering an injury in training but two men were determined to make the world forget about that loss.
Top featherweight contenders Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway and Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis were promoted to the main event for 206 with the interim belt on the line and with it, a shot at the newly crowned champ, Jose Aldo.
Holloway had been on a killing spree coming into this fight; since going down to a certain Conor McGregor in August 2013, the Hawaiian native had won an incredible nine fights in a row, propelling him to number three in the featherweight rankings (behind Frankie Edgar and Aldo).
Pettis, on the other hand, was at something of a crossroads in his career; after shooting out to phenomenal 18-2 and in doing so, collecting the lightweight belt, Showtime went into a slump; he lost the strap to Rafael dos Anjos in his first title defence and then went down to Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza.
A move to featherweight saw him get back to his winning ways with a third round submission victory over Charles Oliveira but Pettis knew that he was still battling to get his career back on track.
And there was drama before the pair even squared off inside the Octagon with Showtime missing weight. He weighed in at 148lbs and later explained that his body “just gave out.”
“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 a result of Pettis missing weight, it was deemed that if he won the fight, he wouldn’t receive the interim title while Holloway still would if he won. Pettis was also required to forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Holloway.
In a somewhat anticlimatic main event (following the fights earlier in the night) the 25-year-old native of Hawaii finished former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis late in the third round of their UFC 206 main event on Saturday night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The time was 4:50 of the third round.
By winning the fight, Holloway became UFC interim featherweight champion. And if rumors are to be believed will face Jose Aldo at UFC 208 who was promoted to full UFC featherweight champion status when Conor McGregor vacated his belt.
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