Just when you thought UFC 206 couldn’t get any worse, Friday’s weigh-ins happened. Three fighters missed weight today, most importantly Anthony Pettis (pictured).
Pettis was slated to headline tomorrow’s show inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto against Max Holloway for the vacant interim featherweight title, a scrap the UFC desperately scrambled to put together after light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was forced to pull out of the main attraction against Anthony Johnson at the last minute because of a torn groin.
After Holloway clocked 145 pounds on the dot, the maximum allowed for a featherweight title tilt, Pettis weighed in three pounds over the limit at 148 pounds.
The fight will still go on, however, so make sure to keep your $59.95 pay-per-view dollars handy!
Pettis will fork over 20 percent of his show purse to Holloway. The contest is still a featherweight title fight, but only for Holloway. If Pettis wins, he gets nothing and the manufactured interim featherweight title will disappear.
This marked Pettis’ second featherweight fight after dropping from lightweight. He weighed 146 pounds when he submitted Charles Oliveira in August at UFC on FOX 21 in a non-title affair.
Somewhere, UFC lightweight champion and now-former UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor is likely laughing hysterically. After Cormier withdrew from UFC 206, the UFC stripped McGregor of his featherweight title in order try and salvage the event. His belt was then gifted to then-interim featherweight champ Jose Aldo, and Aldo’s interim belt was put on the line for Pettis and Holloway.
McGregor claims he never relinquished the featherweight belt and that he’s still a two-division UFC champion.
Pettis had company on the over-the-limit scale. Rustam Khabilov was 2.5 pounds too heavy for his lightweight bout with Jason Saggo and Valerie Letourneau was 1.5 pounds too heavy for her strawweight bout with Viviane Pereira.
Here are the official weigh-in results:
(UFC Fight Pass 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)
Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Dustin Ortiz (125)
Rustam Khabilov (158.5)* vs. Jason Saggo (155)
John Makdessi (155) vs. Lando Vannata (156)
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Mitch Gagnon (135.5) vs. Matthew Lopez (136)
Valerie Letourneau (117.5)** vs. Viviane Pereira (114)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (156) vs. Drew Dober (156)
Misha Cirkunov (205) vs. Nikita Krylov (206)
Emil Meek (170.5) vs. Jordan Mein (170)
Kelvin Gastelum (185) vs. Tim Kennedy (186)
Dooho Choi (145.5) vs. Cub Swanson (146)
Matt Brown (171) vs. Donald Cerrone (170.5)
Max Holloway (145) vs. Anthony Pettis (148)*** – for UFC interim featherweight title
* – Khabilov forfeits 20 percent of show purse to Saggo, unknown if fight will remain on card.
** – Letourneau forfeits 20 percent of show purse to Pereira, but fight will go on.
*** – Pettis forfeits 20 percent of show purse to Holloway, but is now only a interim featherweight title fight for Holloway.