UFC 206

Holloway x Pettis

Picks, Parlay, and Predictions

Don't let the injury bug get you down

PICKS

Holloway x Pettis
Brown x Cerrone
Choi x Swanson
Gastelum x Kennedy
Meek x Mein
Krylov x Cirkunov
Dober x Aubin-Mercier
Letourneau x Pereira
Lopez x Gagnon
Vannata x Makdessi
Khabilov x Saggo
Makovsky x Ortiz


PARLAY

GROWN ASS MANITOBA

Holloway (-230)
Brown (+220)
Choi (-215)
Vannata (-175)
$2.06 to win $19.72

PREDICTIONS

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Max Holloway x Anthony Pettis for the “kind-of interim” Featherweight Championship

Waianae’s native son, Max “Blessed” Holloway is the greatest representation the island city could ask for. He’s on a nine fight win streak and he always puts on a show. The lanky Hawaiian started as a kickboxer but has involved into one of the most fluid and dynamic fighters at 145 pounds. His last loss was to Conor McGregor over three years ago and he’s only evolved since – mixing up powerful combos, masterful footwork, and sneaky trips in with his expert gameplans. Don’t forget to protect your neck, either, because he’s also known to lock up a lightning-fast guillotine. At only 25 years old, Max is a must-watch and he always rises to the occasion. This fight is (apparently…) for an interim belt, but all that is pointless. Max is one of the best, if not the best fighter in the division and he’s been proving it for a long time. Acknowledging McGregor’s absence, of course. Pettis will definitely give him a fight, but Holloway is too tall and too sharp for almost everyone at featherweight. My prediction? Pain!

Anthony Pettis’ stock, in sharp contrast, is on the decline. The former lightweight has decided (edit: tried) to cut an extra 10 pounds for the second time in the search for an advantage over his competition. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going to do him any good. Holloway will be bigger and stronger than him, regardless – especially since Pettis looked to have SOME trouble in his last fight against a similarly lanky Charles Oliveira. The former Wheaties model has lost 3 of his last 5 and is looking more tentative lately. Which, of course, is a bummer because we’d grown accustomed to his high flying antics and freakishly strong kicks. Oh well. Even though he’s never been finished and won’t be going down easy, I don’t think his future is at 145. Holloway for the win and eternal people’s champion.

I know this card lost some (all?) of its star power and casual-fan appeal when Cormier and Johnson dropped out, but there are still a lot of high level fighters and dangerous up-and-comers stepping into the cage on Saturday. It’ll be worth your time. Plus, when people are putting their heart and soul into something dangerous for your entertainment – you might as well pay attention.