The longest layoff of Max “Blessed” Holloway’s UFC career will come to an end on December 10th, as the organization’s third-ranked featherweight will put his nine-fight winning streak on the line at UFC 206 against former lightweight division champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.
Holloway (16-3, 12-3 UFC) last entered The Octagon June 4th in a unanimous decision win over Ricardo Lamas.
The 29-year-old Pettis (19-5, 6-4 UFC), who defeated Charles Oliveira in his first featherweight bout back in August, is currently ranked 6th in the division. “Showtime” will mark as Holloway’s fifth-straight opponent ranked inside the 145 pound top-ten.
The bout comes off of Holloway’s continual calls for a showdown with the division’s interim champion Jose Aldo Jr. after Aldo won the interim belt in July.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor hasn’t defended his title since defeating Aldo in December of 2015.
At just 24-years-old, Holloway will be the first fighter to record nine-straight UFC victories without a title shot. He had also been the first to eight wins without a championship fight.
UFC 206 will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Headlining the card as the main event will be the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Daniel “D.C.” Cormier and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.