UFC 206 is underway in Toronto, Ontario, and in the main event, Max Holloway will battle fellow featherweight contender, Anthony Pettis.
Results and recaps for the card follow below.
Misha Cirkunov def. Nikita Krylov via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 4:38
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Drew Dober via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 2:57
Viviane Pereira def. Valerie Letourneau via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Matthew Lopez def. Mitch Gagnon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Lando Vannata def. John Makdessi via KO (spinning heel kick) R1, 1:40
Rustam Khabilov def. Jason Saggo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dustin Ortiz def. Zach Makovsky via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jordan Mein vs. Emil Meek
In the opening round, both welterweights landed some heavy shots, but Mein also scored a couple of nicely timed takedowns as well. In addition, Meek appeared to injure a rib during the opening frame. Meek took Mein to the mat in the second round, and had the latter on the defensive with arm-triangle-choke attempts. Round three saw Meek take the bout down once again, and ensure he took home the decision win.
Emil Meek def. Jordan Mein via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tim Kennedy vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Kennedy controlled much of the opening round with his clinch game, but as the frame neared it’s end, Gastelum landed some big punches. As a result, Kennedy had a large mouse forming under his right eye as the round ended. Kennedy looked to clinch up once again, and although he scored one takedown, Gastelum won the striking exchanges in round two as well. Gastelum tagged the exhausted Kennedy with strikes right out of the gate in round three. Gastelum proceeded to send Kennedy to the deck with punches, and the fight was called. Impressive win for Gastelum.
Kelvin Gastelum def. Tim Kennedy via TKO (punches) R3, 2:45
Cub Swanson vs. DooHo Choi
Swanson came out winging big hooks, and Choi fired back with his jab and straight right. Swanson rocked Choi early on in round two and had the rising featherweight in retreat. But, Choi proceeded to tag Swanson with counter strikes and in turn, he had the veteran in trouble. Swanson took Choi to the ground, but the South Korean fighter worked his way back up. Swanson started teeing off on Choi again but the latter’s chin held up and he survived the thrilling round. Both men continued to bomb away with big punches in round three, and as the round neared the midway point, Swanson planted several, hard, hard shots. As the final seconds ran down, Swanson sent Choi reeling to the mat after landing multiple strikes. Unbelievable fight. Fight of the Year candidate.
Cub Swanson def. DooHo Choi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown
Not surprisingly, both welterweights came out aggressively, firing strikes. Cerrone appeared to get the better of the exchanges, but Brown landed some heavy shots, and threatened with a triangle-choke in the opening round. Brown dropped Cerrone in round two with a big right hand, but Cerrone stunned the rugged vet with a left kick to the head as well. By the end of the second frame, Brown was bleeding by both his left and right eyes. Round three didn’t last long, however, as Cerrone decked Brown with a left, switch kick to the jaw that ended the fight. Another big win for Cerrone at welterweight.
Donald Cerrone def. Matt Brown via KO (headkick) R3, 0:34
Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis
The first round featured only strikes, and while Pettis landed his fair share of shots, he was cut under the right eye by the end. After the second round, Joe Rogan reported that Pettis could be heard saying he broke his right hand. In round three, Holloway picked up the pace, and tagged Pettis with a big straight right. Holloway flurried in with punches and that was that. Another huge win for Holloway.
Max Holloway def. Anthony Pettis via TKO (punches) R3, 4:50