Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson was supposed to headline the event, but “DC” is now unable to defend his light heavyweight title due to injury. As a result, Holloway vs Pettis will now serve as UFC 206‘s main event, with the two featherweight contenders battling it out for a chance to become the division’s interim champion.
It is unclear as to what this announcement means for the current UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor. As things stand, Jose Aldo currently holds the interim featherweight championship in McGregor‘s absence from the division. This could either mean that McGregor is due to be stripped of his title or that Jose Aldo will be stripped of the interim title. There have been rumours that Aldo is looking to leave the UFC, so this may be why Holloway and Pettis are fighting for the interim title. However, the UFC are legally within their rights to strip McGregor of his featherweight title. If they choose to do this, it may add fuel to the fire in terms of McGregor‘s desire to step back up to welterweight and challenge Tyron Woodley for his title.
At the moment, all we can do is speculate. We will bring you more news on the subject as and when it breaks. In the meantime, we can look forward to an exciting, high-stakes match-up between Holloway and Pettis.