On December 10, the UFC will return to beautiful Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the first time since September of 2013. The organization will do so with UFC 206.
The main event of UFC 206 will see light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier attempt to defend his title against an old foe in Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. The pair first met back in May of 2015. On that night, Cormier weathered on early storm to rally and submit his foe with a third-round rear-naked choke. Since then, Cormier has defended his title against Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson, and defeated Anderson Silva in a last-minute, non-title bout. Rumble, meanwhile, has scored three thunderous knockouts over top-ranked foes in Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader, and Glover Teixeira – the reason for this second scrap with Cormier.
UFC 206’s co-main event will occur at featherweight, where Hawaii’s Max Holloway will look to extend his win-streak to a baffling 10 against former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who recently made a successful debut in the division with a submission defeat of Charles Oliveira. The winner of this dynamite featherweight booking is likely to receive the next featherweight title shot. Whether that shot comes against long-absent undisputed champ Conor McGregor, or disgruntled interim champ Jose Aldo, however, is difficult to say.
In a recently released promo video, the UFC shines a light on these two high stakes showdowns. Watch that video at the top of this post.
Elsewhere on the UFC 206 lineup, we’ll see Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone look to extend his welterweight win streak to 4 with a win over former contender Matt “The Immortal” Brown. Cowboy was originally expected to take on Kelvin Gastelum on the main card of the historic UFC 206, but was rescheduled for this date with Brown when Gastelum failed to make weight for the fight. Brown, meanwhile, will enter the fight with a tough 1-4 record in his last four fights, having sandwiched a defeat of Tim Means between losses to Robbie Lawler, Johny Hendricks, Demian Maia and Matt Brown.
Other highlights of the UFC 206 lineup include a dynamite featherweight scrap between long-time contender Cub Swanson and rising South Korean star Doo Ho Choi, and a middleweight bout between former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans and former Strikeforce star Tim Kennedy.
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