UFC is putting on their latest pay per view event tonight in Toronto, Ontario Canada at the Air Canada Centre. The card was slated to be headlined by an interim UFC Featherweight Championship bout between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis, but due to Pettis missing weight, it can only be an interim championship bout for Holloway. The following are the quick results of the evening’s fights.
Preliminary Bouts on UFC Fight Pass:
- Dustin Ortiz def. Zach Makovsky by split decision in a flyweight bout. This broke a two fight losing streak for Ortiz.
- Rustam Khabilov def. Jason Saggo by unanimous decision in a lightweight bout. Khabilov dominated Saggo on the ground to get the win.
- Lando Vannata def. John Makdessi by knockout in Round 1 of a lightweight bout. Vannata scored a beautiful spinning headkick to knock Makdessi out.
- Matthew Lopez def. Mitch Gagnon by unanimous decision in a bantamweight bout.
- Viviane Pereira def. Valerie Letorneau by split decision in a women’s catchweight bout. Letorneau missed weight for this fight, pushing it to catchweight.
Preliminary Bouts on FoxSports 1:
- Oliver Aubin-Mercier def. Drew Dober by submission in Round 2 of a lightweight bout.
- Misha Cirkunov def. Nikita Krylov by submission in Round 1 of a light heavyweight bout.
UFC 206 Pay Per View Bouts:
Fight #1: Emil Meek def. Jordan Mein by unanimous decision in a welterweight bout. This was Meek’s first UFC bout, and he came off looking very good here. He was able to weather the storm and whatever that hurt him early in the fight (he was clearly in discomfort after a scramble on the mat in round 1). Disappointing showing I’m sure for the countryman Mein, who is from Canada.
Fight #2: Kelvin Gastelum def. Tim Kennedy by TKO at 2:45 of the third round of a middleweight bout. Late in the third round, Kennedy tried going in for a takedown but he didn’t have it in him. Story of the whole fight was how slow and tired Kennedy looked. Gastelum landed a hard left that sent Kennedy to the mat, and the official called it. This was a brilliant performance by Gastelum against the rusty Kennedy. Could this be an argument against major weight cuts? Gastelum says he wants to go back to 170, and if he fights like this at 170 he could turn into a real force in that division.
Fight #3: Cub Swanson def. Dooho Choi by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout. Hands down this was an amazing fight. The second round was filled with some craziness and some big shots by Swanson that would have knocked most men out but Choi took it and kept on ticking. Seriously, you need to go watch this fight. Just the fact that it was a unanimous decision does not tell how close Choi came to winning this thing. It was a star making performance for him and Swanson made himself a contender in the featherweight division, especially now with it being so wide open. A GREAT bout.
Fight #4: Donald Cerrone def. Matt Brown by knockout at 0:35 of the third round of a welterweight bout. The third round opened with a strike exchange until Cerrone landed a head kick that sent Brown crashing to the mat. Brown threw a hand that missed and he leaned right into it – what a brutal knockout. A big win for Cowboy, who has looked great since moving up to 170 pounds. He lobbied for appearing on the card in Denver, CO next month, and I think UFC should try and get him on that card. Can we get him against Robbie Lawler, please?
Fight #5: Max Holloway def. Anthony Pettis by TKO (official’s stoppage) in the third round of a catchweight bout (Holloway is interim featherweight champion). In the break between the second and third rounds, Pettis told his corner that he broke his hand. Holloway landed body shots late that stunned Pettis, then he followed with more shots against the cage. Pettis covered up and didn’t defend, which led to the stoppage.
This was a great win for Holloway, who is now riding a 10-fight win streak and will get Jose Aldo in a future bout. I think Holloway can give Aldo a run for his money and it should be a good fight. Pettis was being looked at immediately following the fight, and he showed the hand to Joe Rogan. Pettis said his plan is to go back to 155 lbs because he can’t get to 145 lbs. He talked about his cut process, and said they had to pull him from the sauna.
Overall a good night of fights for the hand UFC was dealt. The Swanson/Choi fight and the Cerrone/Brown fight were both great. The main event was a bit of a letdown (especially with the injury to Pettis), but it turned out okay in the end.