Max Holloway vs Anthony Pettis For Interim Featherweight Title

Published on December 5th, 2016 4:40 am EST

On Saturday night, Max Holloway will be taking on Anthony "Showtime" Pettis in the main event of UFC 206. The winner of the fight will take home the interim Featherweight title and the right to square off against Jose Aldo in a title unification bout.

Many people have cried foul over the fact that Holloway/Pettis is for a title, and it's not hard to see why. After all, Jose Aldo was the interim Featherweight champion, as the real champion, Conor McGregor, was chasing after a title in the Lightweight division.

In the aftermath of UFC 205, McGregor was stripped of his Featherweight title, Jose Aldo was made the "official" Featherweight champion and Holloway/Pettis was made into an interim title fight.

Sound ridiculous? That's because it is.

What the UFC doesn't want to admit is that the only reason that they made Pettis/Holloway for the interim title is because they wanted to have a title fight headline UFC 206 in Toronto. After all, the card was originally supposed to have Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson for the Light Heavyweight title, though Cormier had to pull out due to injury.

This left the UFC in a bind - could they really make Pettis/Holloway the main event of a PPV card? No, so they decided to add in an extra ingredient - the fight would be for an interim title.

In any normal world, Pettis/Holloway would have been a #1 contender elimination match, with no interim title needed. The UFC needed to increase the drama for the fight in order to help sell PPVs, so they enacted a very clumsy stripping of Conor McGregor's Featherweight title and elevated Aldo to full champion status. The UFC bungled this situation and has been left looking very stupid as a result.

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The UFC has too many events on its schedule and as a result, their cards are extremely thin.

Pettis/Holloway would have been a fine co-main event, though it is hardly enough to headline a PPV with.

If the UFC didn't have such thin cards, they would have been able to save UFC 206 with a decent headliner and left Pettis/Holloway as a third round title contender eliminator fight.

As a result, the PPV numbers for UFC 206 are going to be beyond abysmal and will likely have a hard time topping 200,000 buys.


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