In the blink of an eye Conor McGregor is stripped of his featherweight title and UFC 206 finds its main event.
Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway have been bumped to the main event slot at UFC 206 and MMA Fighting has reported they will fight for the interim featherweight title. All this came on the heels of yesterday’s news that Daniel Cormier had pulled out of the main event against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson due to injury.
Most people at this point are asking, what’s going on? Well, Conor McGregor is being stripped of the featherweight crown and Jose Aldo will be promoted from interim champion to champion and will fight the winner of Pettis and Holloway. McGregor’s stay as two-weight world champion was short lived, but he will obviously remain the lightweight champion.
This couldn’t be better for both Holloway and Pettis, but for very different reasons. Holloway has to be a happy man, because after ringing off nine in a row it was starting to seem like he would never get his shot at the title. If he can get past Pettis a title fight with Aldo would be unavoidable.
For Pettis things couldn’t have worked out better. The former lightweight champion was on a three fight losing streak and recently picked up his first win at featherweight after dropping down. He literally went from being numerous fights from a title shot, to being fast tracked to a title shot. Good times in the Pettis camp.
The fight is set to go down on Dec. 10, at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.