Holloway and Pettis to Fight for Interim Title – McGregor May Lose Featherweight Title

UFC 206 has a new main event... But what does this mean for the featherweight division?


Max “Blessed” Holloway and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis are set to compete for the interim featherweight championship at UFC 206 in Toronto, Canada.

Anthony Pettis (left) won his featherweight debut against Charles Oliveira (right) / Credit: UFC
Anthony Pettis (left) won his featherweight debut against Charles Oliveira (right) / Credit: UFC

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.

Max Holloway (left) is the only person other than Nate Diaz to have gone the distance with Conor McGregor (right) / Credit: UFC
Max Holloway (left) is the only person other than Nate Diaz to have gone the distance with Conor McGregor (right) / Credit: UFC

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.

Conor McGregor may well be stripped of his featherweight title. / Credit: UFC
Conor McGregor may well be stripped of his featherweight title. / Credit: UFC

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.

What do you guys make of this? Who will be the new interim champion? Will it be McGregor or Aldo that they have to face afterwards? Let us know in the comments.

Holloway and Pettis to Fight for Interim Title – McGregor May Lose Featherweight Title

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