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Anthony Pettis misses weight ahead of interim title bout with Max Holloway at UFC 206

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By John Balfe - 9 Dec 2016

Anthony Pettis has missed weight ahead of Saturday’s scheduled interim featherweight title bout with Max Holloway.

‘Showtime’ weighed in at 148 pounds, three pounds heavier than the championship weight limit of 145 pounds and in doing so has disqualified himself from potentially winning the interim title on Saturday night.

As per Dana White, Max Holloway — who made weight at 145 pounds — will still fight for the interim title, meaning that there is the strange situation where only one fighter in the main event is eligible to win the belt. As well as that, Pettis will forfeit 20% of his purse to the Hawaiian fighter.

Pettis becomes the first fighter since Travis Lutter in February 2007 to miss weight for a UFC title bout.

The UFC instigated the interim featherweight title after stripping Conor McGregor of the featherweight title he won from José Aldo last year, promoting the Brazilian to the full champion and placing the winner of UFC 206 main event in the number one contender spot. Questions will now likely be asked as to the wisdom of this move, given Pettis’ failure to make weight.

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