Cormier-Johnson off; Holloway vs. Pettis new UFC 206 main event

Already set to battle each other in a highly anticipated UFC 206 showdown, the stakes are now even higher for featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis on Dec. 10, as the winner of their bout, which is now a five-round main event, will leave Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the interim UFC featherweight champion.
The UFC announced the new main event on Saturday, also revealing that Jose Aldo is the promotion’s new undisputed featherweight champion after two-division titleholder Conor McGregor relinquished the 145-pound belt and decided to focus on the title he holds in the 155-pound lightweight division.
The winner of Holloway vs. Pettis will face Aldo in 2017. The new main event bout replaces the UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Daniel Cormier and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, which was scrapped when Cormier was forced to withdraw from the rematch on Friday due to injury. Johnson, the number one contender for the 205-pound title, will not receive a replacement opponent for UFC 206.
Currently sporting an incredible nine-fight winning streak that includes wins over Ricardo Lamas, Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens, the 24-year-old Holloway has been tearing through the division in search of a title, and on Dec. 10, the No. 3-ranked Waianae native will get his opportunity to become Hawaii’s first UFC champion since Hall of Famer BJ Penn.
Standing in his way is the No. 6-ranked Pettis, another young man in search of a history-making performance, as the former UFC / WEC lightweight champion will attempt to become only the fourth fighter (joining McGregor, Penn and Randy Couture) to win UFC titles in two weight classes. And after a third-round finish of Charles Oliveira in his 145-pound debut in August, Milwaukee’s “Showtime” has all the momentum he needs to secure another defining win.
Tickets for UFC 206, which airs live on Pay-Per-View, are on sale now.


Check out Conor McGregor's final fight before he joined the UFC at Cage Warriors 51 on December 31, 2012 for the lightweight belt. Just like in the UFC he became Cage Warriors first ever two-division champion.
Aug 19, 2017
Watch Ray Borg defeat Chris Kaledes from their bout in 2015. Borg takes on Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title at UFC 215.
Aug 18, 2017
Watch Demetrious Johnson defend his belt against Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186. Don't miss Johnson take on Ray Borg at UFC 215.
Aug 18, 2017
In advance of the most anticipated event of the summer, Floyd Mayweather hosts an International media conference call on Thursday, August 17 at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET.
Aug 17, 2017