Max Holloway is a UFC Champion.
After delays, injuries, championship hiatus, titles being relinquished and more, Max Holloway defeated Anthony "Showtime" Pettis at UFC 206 to capture the interim UFC Featherweight Championship. The title wasn't on the line for Pettis, who missed weight ahead of the event. Holloway now has his eyes on Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, whom Holloway challenged for UFC 208 in February.
Holloway controlled the bout from beginning to end, and a broken hand for Pettis did him a few favors. Pettis threw three consecutive leg kicks to open the third round, seemingly telegraphing the injury. Holloway capitalized, and unloaded a barrage on Pettis' body that backed the former Lightweight Champion to the cage and eventually to the mat.
Holloway has won ten consecutive fights, with his last loss being a 2013 bout to Conor McGregor. At age 25, Holloway has faced nine currently ranked UFC fighters.
Elsewhere on the show, former training partners turned rivals Donald Cerrone and Matt Brown had a back and forth battle. After both fighters dropped each other, Cerrone managed a nasty head kick in the third round that put Brown out. Cerrone moved to 4-0 as a UFC welterweight, and had his fourth consecutive year of four fights. Cerrone expressed his desire to compete in five weeks at UFC's Fox show in Denver.
You can see our full coverage of UFC 206 at this link. The Fightful.com Podcast will cover the event Sunday afternoon.