UFC 206: Results and Play by Play

UFC 206: Results and Play by Play

UFC 206 Pay Per View. December 10, 2016
Air Canada Centre. Toronto, Canada.
Attendance 18,057
Gate: $2,429,300 (CAD)/$1,843,101 (USD)

Main Card:

Anthony Pettis vs Max Holloway

Pettis is back to his old ways, being showtime. He’s mixing his strikes up really well, almost using the leg kick as a jab. Holloway did a fantastic job at countering, in round 1. There really wasn’t a stand out winner in the round. Pettis’ corner reveals he has a broken right hand (Post fight interview, we find out Pettis broke it on his first punch). Holloway starts round 2 by landing a counter right hook, dropping Pettis. This motivated Pettis to be more aggressive, but Holloway continues his solid countering. Once again, the round was really too close to call. Round 3 was more of the same, in regards to it being even. With :30 seconds left in the round Holloway swarmed Pettis and put him away by tko with strikes.  Your new UFC Interim Featherweight Champion, Max Holloway. Holloway was the first person to ever finish Anthony Pettis.
** Holloway won Performance of the Night **
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone vs Matt Brown
Cowboy coming out throwing viscous combos, while Matt Brown does his technical brawling. The first round was relatively even. Round 2, Brown drops Cerrone. Then, Cerrone drops Brown. This fight is punch for punch, kick for kick. Matt Brown’s face is kind of a mess by the end of round 2. Both guys are pumped up before round 3 and hug in the center of the cage. The last thing you ever want to do, is to get Cowboy pumped up. Just like that, Cowboy hits the left high kick and sleeps Matt Brown. Cowboy moves to second place all-time, in the ‘Most UFC Finishes’ category, with 13.
Cub Swanson vs Doo Ho Choi
What a contrast of styles between these two. Choi had a traditional stationary style of coming forward, while Cub used footwork and head movement. The first round was exciting and could have been even, with the possible edge to Choi. Round 2, they go to war! Cub hurts Choi! Choi hurts Cub! These guys are going at it, trying to win ‘Fight of the Century’ !Round 3, they are exhausted. Both guys, tired and bloody, try to finish one another. Cub is getting the better of Choi, almost finishing him a few times in the third round. I wish I could type more about how epic the fight was… Just know that fight is now the front-runner for ‘2016 Fight of the Year’. Unanimous decision for Cub Swanson (30-27 x2 29-28).
** Won Fight of the Night **
Kelvin Gastelum vs Tim Kennedy
Point of note: This is Tim Kennedy’s first fight in over 2 years. Kennedy showed no ring rust in round 1, as he rag-dolled Gastelum.  The last minute of round 1 saw Gastelum really box up Kennedy on the feet. Round 2, Kennedy can’t hang with Gastelum on the feet, so he tries for take-downs. Gastelum does a great job of avoiding the grappling of Kennedy. Gastelum again ends the round out-striking Kennedy. Round 3, Kennedy is totally getting outclassed on the feet. Gastelum is slipping punches and countering beautifully. He tags Kennedy with a left/right/left combo and finishes him off by tko at 2:45 in round 3. Wow! Gastelum looked incredible. He should just stay at 185 pounds, but insists in his post fight interview that he want to fight at 170.
Emil Meek vs Jordan Mein
The guys pour everything they have into the fight. They want to put on a show and by the end of round 1, each of them looks gassed. Round 2, the majority of the round is Meek working ground and pound from Mein’s guard. Round 3 is a mirror image of round 2. At the end of the round, Mein goes for an armbar, but Meek stands up and plays to the crowd. Judges score the fight 29-28 x3 for Emil Meek. Great debut for Meek and a  rough return from retirement for Jordan Mein.
FS 1 Prelims
Nikita Krylov vs Misha Cirkunov
Cirkunov hit Krylov with a really stiff left, that dropped him and went right to the guillotine. Cirkunov forced the tap at 4:38 of round 1 and then calls out Shogun Rua, like a boss.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Drew Dober
OAM lit Dober up with strikes in the first round. He usually just tries to wrestle his opponents, but he appears to now have a ‘stand-up’ arsenal. After getting clocked and dropped in round 2, OAM was able to transition to Dober’s back and sink in the rear naked choke. Impressive performance for the Canadian Dirk Diggler.
Valerie Letourneau vs Viviane Pereira
These ladies looked like they were in two different weight classes. Twitter exploded just now with media and fighters pleading for a Women’s 125 pound division, in the UFC. Pereira was seriously out sized in this fight, but still managed to make it a fight. Very lackluster performance by both women. Split decision win for Viviane Pereira (29-28 x2, 28-29).
Mitch Gagnon vs Matthew Lopez
When Dana White speaks about wanting to finish fights, this is the kind of fight he is talking about. Gagnon folded Lopez like an accordion in round 1, with a nasty left hook. Lopez was able to recover and dictated the pace and aggression for the rest of the fight with take-downs, submission attempts, and overall control. Judges ruled it a unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-27) for Matthew Lopez.
FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Lando Vannata vs John Makdessi
OH MY GOD! At 1:40 of round 1, ‘Groovy Lando’ landed a clean spinning back kick to the jaw and knocked John Makdessi out cold. Then, he walked away like his name was Mark Hunt without even throwing a follow up punch.
 ** Lando Vannata won Performance of the Night **
Jason Saggo vs Rustam Khabilov
Their contest played out like a light sparring day at the gym. Once a round, Khabilov let his hands go and hit a double leg take-down. That alone, won Khabilov the fight. Saggo did however please Joe Rogan, by using the rubber guard when he was on his back. Khabilov won unanimously, 30-27 x3.
Zach Makovsky vs Dustin Ortiz
This fight went exactly how you’d expect it to go from these two fighters. Grappling exchanges, reversals, wild scrambles, and a lot of clinch work. Dustin Ortiz won the split decision in a close fight. 29-28 x2, 28-29.