It seems crazy to think there has already been 11 UFC PPV events in this calendar year, and we’ve seen a number of historic moments in that space of time. From witnessing Ronda Rousey’s first professional loss, the return of Brock Lesnar at the historic UFC 200 and the debut of CM Punk at 203. History was also made just last month when Connor McGregor became the first ever double UFC Champion at 205. If you’re not recovered from that just yet, the chances are you never will as there are still two more PPV events to enjoy before the New Year, starting with 206, so let’s break it down right now.
The Light Heavyweight Picture
From early 2011 through to mid 2015, the Light Heavyweight championship was the biggest talking point in the industry, with Jon ‘Bones’ Jones holding the title for a record breaking 1,501 days, and defending on eight successful occasions, cementing himself as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. However, Jones was suspended and stripped of the title following a hit and run incident. Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier then won the vacant championship which he has held since May 23rd 2015. So far he has made one successful defence, whilst a potential second fight was cancelled after his intended opponent, Jon Jones, was suspended once again.
The 206 main event was initially scheduled to feature the main event of Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson for the championship, until Cormier had to withdraw from the event through injury. Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis is scheduled to be the new main event.
Vacant Interim UFC Featherweight Championship
Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis
Holloway and Pettis find themselves with a golden opportunity thanks to other situations happening around them. After McGregor won the UFC Lightweight Championship at 205, he was subsequently stripped of the Featherweight Championship that he won back in December of last year. As a result, Interim Champion José Aldo has been promoted to Champion, while Holloway and Pettis will compete for the Interim Championship, the winner will then face Aldo in the New Year to unify the titles. Holloway is undefeated since late 2013 is Ladbrokes favourite for the victory at 10/21 odds. Although, Pettis, a former Lightweight Champion, does have more experience in five round fights, which may favour him if this one goes the distance.
Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown
Since moving into the Welterweight division, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has won all three fights he has competed in, two of which by TKO. Meanwhile, Matt Brown has lost his last two fights, which means he needs a win to turn his record around, and quickly. Cerrone is currently ranked 5th in the Welterweight division, and he knows that a win here could put him in the title picture. At 1/3, Paddy Power have Cerrone as the odds on favourite for the victory, with the high likelihood of Champ Tyron Woodley looking on.