Hol­loway takes in­terim feath­er­weight ti­tle

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Max Hol­loway scored a knock­out over An­thony Pet­tis 4:50 into the third round for the in­terim feath­er­weight cham­pi­onship in the co-main event at UFC 206 on Saturday night.

It was the first time a UFC belt was on the line for just one fighter. It be­came an in­terim feath­er­weight ti­tle bout for Hol­loway when Pet­tis failed to make weight on Fri­day, com­ing in 3 pounds over the 145-pound limit. Pet­tis was fined 20 per­cent of his purse as a re­sult. Dur­ing his post-fight in­ter­view in the oc­tagon, Pet­tis said he broke his right hand with his first punch in the first round.

Ear­lier, Cub Swan­son won a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Dooho Choi (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) in an en­ter­tain­ing feath­er­weight bout. Emil Meek got the main card started by de­feat­ing Leth­bridge, Alberta, na­tive Jor­dan Mein by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion (2928) in his UFC de­but. Toronto’s Misha Cirkunov forced Nikita Krylov to tap out at 4:38 of the first round with a guil­lo­tine choke. Cirkunov im­proved to 4-0 in UFC and moved into the top 10 at the light heavy­weight level.

“I def­i­nitely be­long in the top 10,” Cirkunov said. “I’m on an eight-fight win streak since I dropped my coach. I’d like to fight Mauri­cio Shogun Rua. If I fight a big name like that, more than just Toronto will see my po­ten­tial. The whole world will see my po­ten­tial.” Olivier “The Que­bec Kid” Au­bin-Mercier was the first Cana­dian to emerge vic­to­ri­ous, de­feat­ing Drew Dober in a light­weight bout. The Mon­treal na­tive forced Dober into sub­mis­sion with rear­naked choke, caus­ing the ref­eree to stop the fight at 2:57 of the sec­ond round.

“I’m still at the point where I can im­prove,” Au­bin-Mercier said. “(Dober) was a re­ally tough op­po­nent, my tough­est op­po­nent so far, so I got a lit­tle emo­tional af­ter the win.” In her UFC de­but, Vi­viane Pereira beat Va­lerie “Trou­ble” Le­tourneau of Mon­treal by split de­ci­sion (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in the lone women’s strawweight bout on the card. Le­tourneau, who fell to 3-3 in UFC, was ini­tially sup­posed to fight Po­liana Botelho, but Botelho was dropped from the card in Oc­to­ber.

Rus­tam Kha­bilov beat Bolton, On­tario, na­tive Ja­son Saggo by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, 30-27, in the first of two light­weight bouts on the evening. John “The Bull” Makdessi didn’t fare much bet­ter in the

sec­ond light­weight bout. Makdessi, of Mon­treal, was knocked out by a spin­ning heel kick to the chin from Lando Van­nata. In a ban­tamweight bout, Mitch Gagnon of Sudbury, On­tario, fell to Matthew Lopez in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion (29-28, 29-28, 29-27).

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