Now that the dust of Pettis’ unfortunate weigh-in miss has settled, the UFC has announced how it will proceed with the bout.
Having missed weight, Pettis will no longer receive the interim title if he defeats Holloway. As a former UFC lightweight champion, his winning this title would have made him the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes, alongside Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Conor McGregor. As such, this is all bound to sting quite a bit for him.
Pettis will also forfeit 20% of his purse for this weigh-in miss.
These updates come from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, who spoke to UFC President Dana White in the wake of this ordeal.
Per Dana White, it is still an interim title fight for Max Holloway.
While Pettis will no longer have the opportunity to win interim featherweight gold, Holloway will still win the belt if he comes out on top. In sum, the only thing that changes with respect to this fight is that Pettis has lost his chance to become the interim featherweight champion.
It was a fairly transparent effort to give fans in Toronto the title fight they wanted, and not everybody was impressed by it. In the end, however, this planned interim featherweight title fight will not actually occur, as Anthony Pettis failed to make the featherweight division’s 145-pound weight limit.
In the moments before Pettis took to the scale, Pettis’ coach Duke Roufus was able to confirm to BJPenn.com that his fighter would not make weight. Shortly thereafter, Pettis hit the scale, clocking in at 148, three pounds above the contracted weight of 145 pounds.
Despite Pettis’ weigh-in miss, precedent suggests Holloway might still be crowned the interim champion if he wins. At the time of this writing, however, it is not known if this will actually be the case.
Regardless, Holloway doesn’t seem pleased by this ugly twist.
The octagon returns to Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday for the UFC 206 pay-per-view event.
The event is headlined by an interim featherweight title fight between streaking contender Max Holloway and former lightweight title holder Anthony Pettis.
Max Holloway is currently riding an ultra impressive nine-fight win streak, his latest being a unanimous decision victory over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199 in June. “Blessed” has scored six finishes during his current nine-fight win streak.
Meanwhile, Anthony Pettis is coming off a third-round submission victory over Charles Oliveira in a bout that served as his featherweight debut this past August at the UFC on FOX event in Vancouver.
Prior to that, the former lightweight tile holder suffered three-straight setbacks in a row to respective opponents Rafael dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza.
“Showtime” will be looking to become the fourth fighter in UFC history to win belts in two different weight classes by defeating Holloway on December 10 in Toronto.
The UFC 206 fight card looks as follows:
Max Holloway (16-3) vs. Anthony Pettis (19-5)
Donald Cerrone (31-7, 1 NC) vs. Matt Brown (20-15)
Cub Swanson (23-7) vs. Doo Ho Choi (15-1)
Tim Kennedy (18-5) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (12-2)
Jordan Mein (26-10) vs. Emil Meek (8-2-1)
Nikita Krylov (21-4) vs. Misha Cirkunov (12-2)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (8-2) vs. Drew Dober (17-7)
Valerie Letourneau (8-5) vs. Viviane Pereira (11-0)
Mitch Gagnon (12-3) vs. Matthew Lopez (8-1)
John Makdessi (14-5) vs. Lando Vannata (8-1)
Jason Saggo (12-2) vs. Rustam Khabilov (20-3)
Zach Makovsky (19-7) vs. Dustin Ortiz (15-6)
Who do you think will leave Toronto with the interim featherweight title at UFC 206 this Saturday night?