UFC 206 is live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Saturday night. The UFC featherweight interim title will be on the line when the streaking Max Holloway takes on Anthony Pettis in the night’s main event. The original main event was to feature Daniel Cormier defending his light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson until an injury to Cormier forced him to pull out of the fight. The co-main event is another excellent fight as Donald Cerrone goes up against Matt Brown in a battle of welterweights.
The main card rounds out with featherweights Cub Swanson vs. Dooho Choi, and Tim Kennedy making his return as he takes on Kelvin Gastelum in a showdown in the middleweight division.
The main card starts at 10/9 PM CT on PPV, the prelims will be on FS1 beginning at 8/7 PM CT and the early prelims on Fight Pass at 6:30/5:30PM CT.
Max Holloway (16-3) vs. Anthony Pettis (19-5) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Current Odds: Holloway -230; Pettis +180
To say Max Holloway is on a roll would be an understatement. He’s currently on a nine fight winning streak and clearly has the momentum behind him coming into this fight. Holloway’s strength lies in his striking. If Holloway is win this fight he has to close distance and keep pressure on Pettis. If he allows Pettis to maintain distance then it’s going to be a long night for him.
Anthony Pettis is one of the best strikers in MMA. He usually struggles with high level grapplers so he’s fortunate to be going up against Holloway whom isn’t a high level grappler. Pettis likes to keep distance so he can utilize his superb striking skills. If he allows Holloway to cut the cage off and pressure him then I don’t think he wins this fight.
Pick: Holloway by decision
Donald Cerrone (31-7) vs. Matt Brown (22-15) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Cerrone -275; Brown +220
I always look forward to Donald Cerrone fights. This should be an exciting fight and one I don’t see going the distance. It’s hard to believe that Cerrone looks better at welterweight than he did at lightweight where he dominated. His power has transferred well to the bigger weight class; it’s his speed though that gives him the biggest advantage at 170.
Expect Matt Brown to come out swinging. Brown is a tough guy that will want to turn the fight into a brawl. Matt Brown is dangerous because if he lands that perfect shot then the fights over. As long as Cerrone can use his speed, and avoid getting hit with a haymaker I see the fight going his way.
Pick: Cerrone by TKO
Cub Swanson (23-7) vs. Dooho Choi (14-1) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Current Odds: Choi -225; Swanson +175
Choi is an excellent counter striker with accuracy. While he’s not the best grappler, Choi doesn’t have many weaknesses. He takes a step up in competition when he faces Cub Swanson, so I’ll be interested to see if Swanson can find a flaw in Choi’s game and expose it. Swanson has experience on his side so there isn’t anything that Choi can throw at him that he hasn’t seen before.
Pick: Choi by TKO
Tim Kennedy (18-5) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (13-2) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Kennedy -140; Gastelum +110
This is an interesting fight. Kelvin Gastelum’s strength is in his wrestling. He’s been in the cage with the best the division has to offer. I personally like Gastelum despite his struggles making weight. The problem with predicting a winner in this fight is I don’t know what to expect from Tim Kennedy. He is well-rounded fighter with a ton of experience.
Pick Gastelum by decision
Jordan Mein (29-10) vs. Emil Meek (8-2-1, 1 NC) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Mein -155; Meek +125
Jordan Mein clearly comes in with more experience, but I’m curious to see if the long layoff will have an effect on him. Mein is also the better-rounded fighter, with more ways to win this fight. However, Emil Meek is a brawler and is he connects with a perfectly placed punch, the fight will be over. Meek is extremely dangerous and definitely has a punchers chance.
Pick: Meek by TKO
Prelims Quick Look
Krylov over Cirkunov
Aubin-Mercier over Dober
Letourneau over Pereira
Gagnon over Lopez
Vannata over Makdessi
Khabilov over Saggo
Makovsky over Ortiz
Enjoy the fights!
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