Holloway takes home UFC interim belt after KO of Pettis

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Max Holloway took home the interim UFC featherweight title after knocking out Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 206 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Sunday (Philippine Time).

Holloway dominated Pettis, who missed the 145-pound cut during the weigh-in, and eventually called it a fight through a series of strikes that forced the referee to intervene at the 4:50 mark of Round 3.

Holloway then called out Jose Aldo after the fight, naming him "Jose Waldo", a reference to the comic and cartoon character Waldo, who is known for "hiding" in a crowded area.

Aldo was named the featherweight champ after Conor McGregor decided to go full-time as lightweight champ, but he had to take some time off, leading to the interim title clash between Holloway and Pettis.

Holloway and Aldo are supposed to unify the titles at UFC 208 in New York City, but Holloway accused Aldo of ducking him. Thus, the tag "Jose Waldo".

In the co-main event, Donald Cerrone knocked out Matt Brown at the 34 second mark of the third round.

In another undercard match, Cub Swanson survived the challenge of Choi Doo-Ho and won via unanimous decision.

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