The UFC takes another step toward filling Conor McGregor's sizable featherweight shoes when Max Holloway takes on Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 206 tonight. It is also the first big event since Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in NY. I've been telling you guys that I'm a champion.
It was the transgression of Pettis that had the biggest impact on the card, however.
Pettis won the belt at lightweight at UFC 164 in August 2013 by submitting then-champion Benson Henderson.
Aldo, the long-time holder of the featherweight crown, was recently reunited with the belt he lost in dramatic fashion to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 after the Irishman won the lightweight title by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in NY. He claims that he's not interested in interim belts, but apart from making suitable rhetoric, that sentiment surely isn't mirrored by Holloway, who would be veritably more inceitivised in winning the fight. He is young, talented and determined to reclaim his glory a division below his championship reign, but will have to go through a confident Max Holloway to get there. McGregor had never held UFC gold before their meeting three years ago, so "Notorious" can't be counted. Kennedy fought Yoel Romero and looked to almost have him finished in the second round before the bell rang. Holloway has excellent takedown defence and is a fiend for chasing the neck of his foe, immediately after he has stopped their wrestling attack. Hendricks was able to shed the additional pounds he needed to lose on his second attempt and went on to win a decision to earn the 170-pound belt. The one that comes to mind is his attractive knockout of Joe Lauzon at UFC 144.
He is an intelligent fighter and knows how to read his adversary well. I think Holloway has the advantage in the boxing department, but Pettis has the advantage with kicks. He has been known to get stifled when the range is closed and the pace is fast, and to keep him out of his comfort zone would serve Holloway well.
The supporting card for this featherweight clash has plenty more excellent match-ups.
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Cerrone, who specializes in Muay Thai and jiu jitsu, has the edge, according to Vegas, which put his moneyline at -280 compared to Brown's +220.
We also have the veteran Cub Swanson taking on rising Korean "Superboy", Dooho Choi.
Max Holloway has beaded together 9 victories on the trot, some of them against some real top level opposition. She might still be if she pulls off a dominant win this Saturday night. Kennedy is coming off a two year hiatus from the UFC after his TKO loss to Yoel Romero.
It's good to see Mein back in the Octagon after rethinking his plans to retire as he's a talented striker who's still in his 20's, so hopefully still has several more years of fighting left in him.
UFC 206 has hit more potholes than possibly any card I can remember.