In what has been deemed to be a struggling card by its critics, UFC 206 in Toronto, Canada has been strengthened as the promotion has announced that Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will lock horns in a featherweight bout at the event.
Former lightweight champion, Pettis (19-5) dropped to the featherweight division on the back of three straight defeats at 155lbs and is looking to revive his career against the elite competition of the division below. ‘Showtime’ made the perfect start to life in the 145lb rankings with a submission win against Charles Oliveira in August this year and was highly tipped to fight interim champion, Jose Aldo next as he looks to stake claim for a title shot. However, this has never materialised due to Aldo’s reported ongoing personal issues with the organisation.
Max Holloway (16-3) is on a nine fight win streak since losing his fight with Conor McGregor in August 2013 and has went a long way in building his claim for a rematch with the featherweight champion, should he state an interest in defending his title after UFC 205. Either way, with the featherweight championship due to be up for contention soon, there is no doubt that the winner of this one will be line for the next shot.
In addition to this fight, the UFC has confirmed another bout for the December 10th event between Canadian native, Mitch Gagnon (12-3) and Matthew Lopez (8-1) in the bantamweight division.
UFC 206 is headlined by Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson in a light-heavyweight title fight. Although talks of a return of UFC legend Georges St-Pierre for the card in Canada were circulating, this never materialised leaving many fans questioning the strength of the current line-up, this not made any better as the event falls in between eagerly awaited UFC 205 and UFC 207 cards before the years end.
This view has no doubt been taken on board by UFC matchmakers, with the featherweight fight between Holloway and Pettis going a long way in silencing some of the critics.
It should be a good one!