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UFC 206: Max Holloway vs Anthony Pettis

UFC 206: Max Holloway VS Anthony Pettis

Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier return to the Octagon at UFC 206 is on hold. The fight scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10thin which Cormier was set to defend his title against #1 ranked Anthony Johnson may be off the card.

According to the source, Cormier suffered an undisclosed injury that will likely require surgery and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

The news broke the day after Thanksgiving and may not be confirmed for a few more days. The 205-pound title fight was supposed to headline the pay-per-view card on Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The co-main event featuring 3rd-ranked Max Holloway and 6th-ranked Anthony Pettis will now be the main event on the UFC 2006 card. Holloway is 16-3. Pettis has a 19-5 record. This should be a great battle. It’s tough to call because Pettis averages over 5 strikes per minute while Pettis absorbs less than 2.5 strikes per minute. Whichever wins out first, Pettis’s defense or Holloway’s aggression, is going to determine the winner.

9-2 Olivier Aubin-Mercier from Canada battles American Drew Dober in an Oh, Canada vs U-S-A throw down. Dober has a 15-5 record. There’s no doubt that based on Aubin-Mercier’s 89% submission win percentage that the Canadian is going to try and get Dober to the mat as soon as possible. This is a hard fight to predict. But, since Aubin-Mercier fights in front of his countrymen, he’s the choice.

Another Canadian fighter steps into the Octagon when John Makdessi battles LandoVannata. Makdessi has a 14 and 5 record while Vannata is at 8-1. Makdessi is the more aggressive fighter, accurate on over 50% of his strikes while winning 64% of his battles via KO/TKO. Vannata absorbs way too many strikes per minute on average, 8.96, making this one of the easier MMA fights to call on Dec. 10. Makdessi should make short work of Vannata in this one unless he gets caught by a great Vannata strike in the first minute in Round 1.

Undefeated Viviane Pereira makes her UFC debut against Canadian and #9 ranked Valerie Letourneau. Even though Pereira is at 11-0, she’s never fought anyone the caliber of Letourneau. Letourneau has 7 inches in height on the 60-inch Pereira. This fight sort of reminds me of a soccer friendly match between an MLS team and a Premier League squad. No offense to Pereira, but the Premier League team usually destroys the MLS team in those matches.

The loss of the Cormier Vs Johnson fight is a big blow to this, but there are more than enough interesting matchups for any MMA fight fan to enjoy. I can’t wait for UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, Canada!

Event: UFC 206: "Holloway VS Pettis "
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016, on pay-per-view (PPV)
Location: Toronto, Canada

RESULTS

Max Holloway finishes Anthony Pettis in third round.
Max Holloway took home the UFC interim Featherweight title with a convincing third-round TKO win over Anthony Pettis on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 206 in Toronto.
Holloway was a man on a mission. His well-rounded game was on full display as he set up takedowns and landed hard strikes. To make matters worse for Pettis, he broke his right hand in the first round and seemed hesitant to use it in the second and third.

MAIN CARD

Interim Featherweight Title Fight Max Holloway vs Anthony Rettis

UNDERCARD

Donald Cerrone vs Matt Brown
John Makdessi vs Lando Vannata
Oliver Aubin-Mercier vs Drew Dober
Jason Saggo vs. Rustam Khabilov




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