An interim belt will have to suffice for now for Waianae’s Max Holloway.
Holloway joined B.J. Penn as the only fighters from Hawaii to win a
UFC world title with a third-round TKO of Anthony Pettis in the main
event of UFC 206 on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Holloway, whose 10-fight win streak ties Royce Gracie for the
fifth-longest in UFC history, was awarded the interim 145-pound
He is expected to unify the belts against champion Jose Aldo in a
fight next year and wasted no time just moments after the victory over
Pettis to call out Aldo.
“Meet me in Brooklyn in February,” an-amped up Holloway yelled to the crowd. “Let’s get the (expletive) real (world title).”
Holloway improved to 17-3 overall and 13-3 in the UFC by becoming the
first fighter to finish Pettis (19-6, 6-5) in 25 professional bouts.
Pettis, who failed to make the 145-pound weight limit and was forced
to give up 20 percent of his fight purse to Holloway, refused to touch
gloves when Holloway extended his hand before the fight. Holloway earned
a performance of the night bonus of $50,000.
After a close first round, Holloway took control with an early knockdown in the second round and poured it on from there.
Holloway scored two takedowns in the third round and then finished
the fight with a series of punches to the face and body that forced
Pettis to turtle up against the cage.
Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight at the 4:50 mark of round 3.
Pettis said after the fight he broke his right hand early in the
first round. He also said he will move back up to lightweight (155
pounds) because the weight cut is too tough.
“Max Holloway is a beast. Give the dude credit,” Pettis said. “He stepped in there and did his thing.”