Anthony Pettis failed to make weight for Saturday’s UFC 206 featherweight title fight. What was going to be a bout for the UFC interim featherweight title is now an interim title fight for Holloway only, not for Pettis.
Pettis will forfeit 20 percent of his purse, which is a standard penalty for missing weight.
Stats & Info previews the fight.
When Conor McGregor vacated the featherweight title on Nov. 26, 2016, this fight was promoted to the interim featherweight title. That day, José Aldo, who had been the interim champion after beating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, had the interim tag removed. Before Pettis failed to make weight, the Holloway-Pettis winner was expected to challenge Aldo in a featherweight unification bout next year.
Saturday’s fight will be Holloway’s first UFC title shot, an opportunity he earned by winning his past nine fights, dating to January 2014. Holloway is tied for the third-longest active win streak in the UFC, and it is the longest in UFC featherweight division history. He can become the sixth fighter in UFC history to have a win streak of at least 10 fights. His last loss came in August 2013 against McGregor.
Pettis entered the UFC in 2011 and was touted as a future superstar. He became the UFC lightweight champion in 2013 and held that title until losing it to Rafael dos Anjos in March 2015. After dropping to featherweight (145 pounds) and winning his debut in that division,
Holloway, third in ESPN’s featherweight rankings, has a 16-3 record, including 12-3 in UFC. Six of his wins have come by knockout and two by submission.
FightMetric credits Holloway with landing 841 significant strikes in UFC competition, most all-time among featherweights.
Pettis, ninth in ESPN’s featherweight rankings, has a 19-5 record, including 6-4 in UFC. Nine of his wins have come by knockout and seven by submission (including over Charles Oliveira in August, in Pettis’ only previous featherweight fight).
As of Wednesday, Holloway was a minus-200 favorite (bet $200 to win $100), according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Pettis is a plus-175 underdog (bet $100 to win $175).
Also on UFC 206 main card
Donald Cerrone-Matt Brown, welterweight (170 pounds)
Cerrone is 31-7 (including 18-4 in UFC). His 18 wins are tied for the third most in UFC history. He is on a three-fight win streak since he moved to welterweight.
Brown is 20-15 (including 13-9 in UFC). Eighteen of his 20 wins have come by stoppage. Brown enters this fight, however, having lost four of his previous five bouts.
Cub Swanson-Doo Ho Choi, featherweight (145 pounds)
Swanson is 23-7 (8-3 in UFC) and is on a two-fight win streak. Choi is 14-1 (3-0 in UFC) and is on a 12-fight win streak. All three of Choi’s UFC victories have come via first-round knockout.
Tim Kennedy-Kelvin Gastelum, middleweight (185 pounds)
Kennedy is 18-5 (3-1 in UFC) and is making his first fight since September 2014. Gastelum is 12-2 (7-2 in UFC) and is 2-2 in his past four fights. Gastelum was scheduled to fight at UFC 205 last month at welterweight, but the fight was scrapped after Gastelum failed to make weight. He is 2-0 in his UFC career at middleweight.