Friday morning, unfortunate news surfaced that former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had missed weight for his UFC 206 interim featherweight title fight with Max Holloway Saturday night in the main event of the Toronto-based card.
Unfortunately, Pettis missing weight by three pounds forced the UFC to make it so that the fight would only be an interim featherweight title fight for Holloway. For ‘Showtime’ on the other hand, the fight would be just another fight, his second at featherweight. In addition, Pettis was forced to give up 20% of his purse to Holloway.
Shortly after news surfaced that Pettis would likely be missing weight for the fight, Max Holloway, who had already weighed in at 145 pounds for the fight, took to social media with a pair of subtweets likely directed at Pettis:
As we mentioned previously, Holloway of course will still have the opportunity to win the interim featherweight title, and then move on to face undisputed featherweight champion Jose Aldo at a later date for the undisputed featherweight championship. ‘Blessed’ will be riding a 9-fight win streak into the main event scrap, that most recently saw him pick up a unanimous decision win over former featherweight title challenger Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199.
Pettis on the other hand will be entering the bout on a win, which came in his featherweight debut earlier this year as he submitted Jiu-Jitsu ace Charles Oliveira. The win over Oliveira snapped Pettis’ 3-fight skid at lightweight, which included losing the lightweight championship to Rafael dos Anjos.