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UFC 206: Holloway finishes Pettis to become interim featherweight champion

Max Holloway used his trademark striking to put away former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis yesterday at Toronto’s UFC 206 at the Air Canada Centre.

Pettis was favoured to win, but Holloway, after a feeling out process started to pull away with strikes that opened up a cut under the right eye of “Showtime.” Pettis revealed to his corner after the end of the first round that he had broken his right hand. That, combined with a strenuous cut that saw him miss weight for the fight, contributed to an unexpectedly quick third-round 4:50 TKO for the Hawaiian.

Holloway is now the interim UFC featherweight champion and the winner of ten straight fights.

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In the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Pettis revealed the cut was too hard and he will return to 155 pounds.

Meanwhile, Cub Swanson and DooHo Choi earned Fight-of-the-Night honours while Holloway and Lands Vannata earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews shares his thoughts.

FIGHTPASS EARLY PRELIMS 

#7 ZACH MAKOVSKY VS #11 DUSTIN ORTIZ 

UFC 206

WINNER: DUSTIN ORTIZ VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ZACH MAKOVSKY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Ortiz flipped the script and pulled a “Fun Size” on Makovsky. Well played.

JASON SAGGO VS RUSTAM KHABILOV

UFC 206

WINNER: DUSTIN ORTIZ VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ZACH MAKOVSKY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Fun Size tried to use his grappling and takedowns but Ortiz proved to be equal to the task. Give Ortiz credit, he was prepared, and got it done in the critical third round.

JOHN MAKDESSI VS LANDO VANNATA 

UFC 206

WINNER: LANDO VANNATA VIA TKO R1 1:40

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LANDO VANNATA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: What a beautiful spinning head kick by Vannata. That is all.

TSN 5 PRELIMS 

MITCH GAGNON VS MATTHEW LOPEZ

UFC 206

WINNER: MATTHEW LOPEZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MITCH GAGNON VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: What a recovery by Lopez in the first as it looked to be an early finish for Gagnon. He comes back to use his grappling and ground game to expose the rusty game of Mitch. Excellent win for Lopez.

#9 VALERIE LETOURNEAU VS VIVIANE PEREIRA 

UFC 206

WINNER: VIVIANE PERIERA VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VALERIE LETORUNEAU VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: I thought Letourneau won the fight but it’s just another example of why fighters should not let the fight go to the judges. Letourneau let Periera get some moments in the third round, and it was enough to steal the fight from her. Live and learn.

OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VS DREW DOBER 

UFC 206

WINNER: OLIVIER AUBIN MERCIER VIA SUBMISSION R2 2:57

ANDREWS PREDICTION: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Dober almost knocked out OAM before he could take the fight to the ground, but turned out that knockdown scored turned into yet another rear-naked choke win for the Canadian. Excellent win.

#8 NIKITA KRYLOV VS #13 MISHA CIRKUNOV 

UFC 206

WINNER: MISHA CIRKUNOV VIA SUBMISSION R1 4:38

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MISHA CIRKUNOV VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: The thing about Misha is that he has good striking too, and then he can finish you on the ground. He got the best of Krylov on the feet and then taps him out. Beautiful performance from Cirkunov.

MAIN CARD

JORDAN MEIN VS EMIL MEEK

UFC 206

WINNER: EMIL MEEK VIA UNANIMOUS DECISON (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: EMIL MEEK VIA TKO

Andrews: Meek took advantage of an unaggressive Mein, who started off good in the first round, but failed to take advantage of hurting Meek. Then, Meek used his own aggressiveness to take the raining rounds. Good win for the Norwegian.

#10 TIM KENNEDY VS KELVIN GASTELUM

UFC 206

WINNER: KELVIN GASTELUM VIA TKO R3 2:45

ANDREWS PREDICTION:TIM KENNEDY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Kennedy gassed early and we saw an energized Gastelum that basically picked apart Kennedy in the second and third rounds. The right version of Gastelum showed up tonight.

#4 CUB SWANSON VS #11 DOOHO CHOI 

UFC 206

WINNER: CUB SWANSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DOOHO CHOI VIA TKO 

Andrews: Fight of the year material. Go watch it again. Excellent performances by both fighters.

#5 DONALD CERRONE VS #14 MATT BROWN

UFC 206

WINNER: DONALD CERRONE VIA TKO R3 0:34

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DONALD CERRONE VIA TKO

Andrews: Cerrone was just too good for Brown. It might be time for Brown to consider hanging ’em up. That’s three straight finish losses, and he’s lost five of his last six fights.

MAIN EVENT

#2 MAX HOLLOWAY VS #5 ANTHONY PETTIS 

UFC 206

WINNER: MAX HOLLOWAY VIA TKO R3 4:50

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAX HOLLOWAY VIA TKO

Andrews: Holloway’s excellent striking and a depleted Pettis that broke his hand in the first round made the result unsurprising. Like Matt Brown, Pettis was the man five years ago, but now it’s the new generation’s time. Now, Holloway needs to unify the belt with Jose Aldo sooner rather than later.

@keniandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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