But that didn't happen and light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was matched against No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson in a rematch of their UFC 187 fight won by Cormier.
Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will face off in the main event of UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis for the interim UFC featherweight championship. The effects of this switch rippled all the way to Dublin when?
With McGregor now focusing on his lightweight title, Jose Aldo has been upgraded from interim to featherweight champion.
However, Cormier was forced to withdraw from the fight following an injury.
Featherweight title contender Anthony Pettis trains to sync his brain and his body.
"So I look forward to the opportunity to be in the cage, the same cage you had a guy like that, and it's time to show people that I'm one of those guys". Riding a 13 fight win streak with 12 knockouts, this unassuming young man could cause a real upset here.
'For me it's more of a guarantee.
"[Cerrone] doesn't like a fight", Brown said (via Fox Sports).
THE SKINNY: Both fighters are likely to stay on their feet for this one. Fighters are given one minute in between rounds to hydrate, talk to their coaches, etc. Romero sat on the stool for an additional 28-seconds, stating later that he didn't understand time was up since the cutman and referee speaking to him were speaking English, Romero's second language.
Gastelum was also going to fight at UFC 205, but was not able to 170 lbs and his fight verses Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone so the fight was cancelled.
At the early weigh-ins for the event, rumours began circling that Pettis was struggling with the cut and looked like he wasn't going to make the 145 lb limit. Kennedy is bigger and has more power than Gastelum and it nearly feels like the UFC is punishing Gastelum for missing weight by giving him a tough opponent like Kennedy. "I walk around and I tell myself that I'm the best in the world and come December 10, I get the chance to prove that to the world". I want this to be a great fight, but I think that Cerrone will use his superior striking to end this fight quickly. This Saturday, Cerrone is facing Matt Brown. Pettis on the other hand seems like a shadow of his former self.
It's good to see Mein back in the Octagon after rethinking his plans to retire as he's a talented striker who's still in his 20's, so hopefully still has several more years of fighting left in him. He has also lost three of his last five fights.
It's hard to believe that just three years ago featherweight Max Holloway was 3-3 in the UFC and possibly close to finding himself out of the promotion. He is fan favorite and loves putting on exciting fights for the fans.
Max Holloway was coming off back-to-back decision losses to Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor, and he felt as if his job was on the line if he dropped a third fight against Will Chope in Singapore.