Max Holloway claimed the interim featherweight belt at UFC 206 on Saturday night (Dec. 10), with a TKO of former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis.
Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight with 10 seconds remaining in the third round, as Pettis (19-6) fell to the matte in a crouched position to cover up from punches.
During the fight, Holloway picked his shots, finding his range in the first two rounds before he found timing on his right hand and opened up a cut over Pettis’ right eye. He also stuffed Pettis’ attempts to take the fight to the ground, and while Holloway scored a couple of trip takedowns, he refused to let things go to the floor.
In the third, Holloway landed a spinning back kick to Pettis’ midsection, followed by a right hand to the head. Shortly after, another kick landed to the body and this is when Pettis fell to the ground and the fight was called.
After the fight, Holloway called out official featherweight champ Jose Aldo in front of the Toronto crowd.
“We couldn’t fight Aldo, so I started calling it Jose Waldo, hashtag ‘Where’s Jose Waldo?'” he said. “[UFC 208] Brooklyn in February, let’s get the f*cking real [title]! This is my ticket to Jose Waldo. You tell me when you find him.”
Holloway (17-3) is currently on a 10-fight win streak, third longest in UFC. The last time he suffered a loss was a unanimous decision defeat to Conor McGregor in August 2013.