REPORT: Anthony Pettis vs. Max Holloway could be for interim featherweight belt

November 26, 2016 12:16 am by Evan Bell
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Friday afternoon, unfortunate news surfaced that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had been forced out of his upcoming UFC 206 scrap with Anthony Johnson on December 10th in Toronto. Cormier’s withdrawal was unexpected, but fortunately will not keep the champ sidelined for too long, as details have emerged on the situation, revealing that ‘DC’ is targeting a March return to the Octagon.

With Cormier now off the card, there has been speculation as to what the UFC will do to compensate for the lack of a title fight in the main event of the Pay-Per View card despite the fact that the promotion is currently looking for a replacement opponent for Johnson.

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Now, according to Ariel Helwani, we may have our answer. The co-main event scrap, which is set to be a pivotal featherweight clash between former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, and top ranked featherweight Max Holloway, could very well become an interim featherweight title fight, with interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo being promoted to featherweight champion, leading the UFC to strip Conor McGregor of the featherweight belt on the heels of his UFC 205 victory over Eddie Alvarez, where he won the lightweight championship earlier this month.

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Only time will tell what plan the UFC chooses to act on. One thing is certain however, if the promotion decides to strip Conor McGregor of the featherweight title, the move likely won’t go over well with the Irish superstar.


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