In the main event of the evening last night (Sat., Dec. 10, 2016) at UFC 206 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Hawaiian Max Holloway put his nine-fight win streak on the line when he met former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Anthony Pettis for the interim featherweight title. It was the first time "Blessed" had ever headlined a UFC PPV card.
While Holloway pushed the action early and maintained relative distance on the feet, Pettis was able to find a home to the body with spinning kicks and punches. Holloway was able to briefly stun "Showtime" early into the second round and touch up his right eye, but the former lightweight maintained an aggressive style and consistently pushed the Hawaiian back on his heels. On his way back to his corner in between rounds, Pettis was heard telling head coach Duke Roufus that he broke his right hand.
In Round 3, Pettis came out with a kick-heavy attack, taking pressure off that same hand. The action temporarily stopped when Pettis was hit with an inadvertent low blow. With an injured hand and battered eye, "Showtime" was forced to tie Holloway up against the cage to gather himself. Holloway would take advantage of his slowed adversary and batter Pettis to the body and the head before folding the veteran for a TKO stoppage.
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With this win, Holloway not only becomes the first fighter ever to finish "Showtime," but he earns the interim featherweight title in the process. The current owner of a 10-fight win streak, "Blessed" is going to give current champion Jose Aldo all hell when the two meet sometime in 2017.
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