The UFC's double-header weekend continues, as UFC 206 will kick off tonight in Ontario Canada. The card has taken some damage over the last month, losing its original main event of Daniel Cormier and Anthony Rumble Johnson, as DC dropped out with injury (surprise surprise). However, in light of Conor becoming the "Double Champ", the UFC saw the opportunity to increase the stakes at UFC 206, by stripping Conor of his Featherweight belt, and making the fight between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis the new main event, and for the Interim Featherweight belt.
Unfortunately for the UFC, that plan backfired slightly, as Anthony Pettis blew it and couldn't make weight, coming in at 148 pounds. Since Pettis couldn't make weight, the circumstances around the main event have changed, as the fight will now be an Interim Chamiponship fight for Holloway only. Pettis will not be crowned champ if he wins, and will likely not receive a title shot against Jose Aldo, on top of having to give 20% of his fight payout to Holloway.
This card has plenty of fire power, with some big names making their returns to the octagon/debut. First, we have Jordan Mein and Emil Meek, facing off in what should be a great welterweight bout. Mein is returning from "retirement", and looks to start off the right way. Emil Meek is making his UFC debut, and I am personally very excited to see what he can bring to the table in the UFC. He has made a name for himself in Norway, knocking people out left and right, and has finally earned his shot in the UFC.
Prediction: Meek wins by 2nd round TKO.
Next, we have the return of the great Tim Kennedy, as he takes on Kelvin Gastelum. If you don't know who Tim Kennedy is, or why he's the man, I highly suggest you watch the videos at the bottom of this article. He is a U.S. Army Speical Forces Sniper, receives death threats from ISIS, and couldn't give a damn. Tim will look to make a run at the title in the (weaker) middleweight division, and I am certainly not gonna be the one to tell him no. Kelvin Gastelum is making his debut at 185 pounds, where he was basically forced to fight, after failing to make weight at 170 pounds, AGAIN. Kelvin has missed weight numerous times, and it has gotten pretty pathetic at this point, so we are hoping that Dana banishes him to the Middleweight division forever.
Prediction: Tim Kennedy wins by 3rd round TKO, otherwise it goes to him in decision.
In the next fight we have some serious fire power in the Featherweight division, as Cub Swansom squares off with "The Korean Superboy", Doohoo Choi. If you haven't heard of Doohoo, you will soon enough. The 25 year old "Superboy", has been on a tare in the UFC, finishing all his opponents by KO/TKO. Cub Swanson will look to slow Choi's roll, and in turn possibly earn himself a shot at the title. I feel that Swanson will benefit from a Pettis win tonight, because if Anthony and Cub both win, and Pettis is denied the automatic title shot because of missing weight, him and Cub would be a great title-eliminator.
Prediction: Choi by 2nd round KO/TKO.
Tonight's co-main event has really heated up this week, with Matt Brown making his opinion of Donald Cowboy Cerrone very public, saying that he's a bully and that he is going to expose Cowboy on Saturday. This fight is going to be great. Two absolute killers, going at it with some serious lack of respect for each other. The Immortal, Matt Brown has dropped 4 of his last 5 fights, and is in desperate need of a big win, and a win over Cowboy would be just that. Cowboy has been putting together a strong resume in the Welterweight division, making easy work of his three 170-pound opponents. A finish tonight over Matt Brown, could land Cowboy's name in the conversation of the title for Welterweight, but we all know just how messy the top of that division is.
Prediction: Cowboy by 3rd round TKO.
In tonights main event, we have Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis, with a lot on the line. Holloway is fighting for his shot at Jose Aldo, and the opportunity to finally get his hands on the Featherweight title that he has worked so hard for. Anthony Pettis is fighting somewhat of a different battle, as he is fighting for his reputation, after missing weight and barely making weight in his last fight, he wants to prove to everyone that he can, and does belong in the 145-pound division. Once one of the most feared fighters in the world, Pettis has had a long and hard fall from being the Lightweight champ, just a year and a half ago. This fight should be plenty of fun, as these two fighters have very similar styles, and love to throw bombs. I think the power advantage is in Pettis' favor, but the all around footwork and striking style of Max Holloway is what gives him the stand-up advantage. This fight is a five round fight and I expect that they are going to need all five rounds, in what I hope is a slugfest. I think Holloway wins this one, earns himself the shot at Aldo early next year, but ultimately falls short against Aldo.
Prediction: Holloway via Unanimous Decision (5 rounds).