Friday, November 25, 2016

UFC 205 was the best card in mixed martial arts history. UFC 207 on December 30 is headlined by the return of Ronda Rousey, the most famous figure in mixed martial arts history. The league had hoped for a spectacular UFC 206 headliner on December 10 – the return of former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but that fell through.

UFC 206 was to be headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier vs. the devastating Anthony Johnson. Now Ariel Helwani reports for MMA Fighting that Cormier is out with an injury. The UFC is reportedly working on a new headliner and hopes to keep Johnson on the card.

Both fighters reacted with grace.

This is the second time this year that Cormier has been forced off a card due to injury. DC was scheduled to fight a returning from suspension Jon Jones at UFC 197 in April, but was hurt. Jones then fought Ovince Saint Preux for the interim title. A planned unification fight between Cormier and Jones at UFC 200 was scrapped when Jones failed a PED test; ‘Bones’ has since been suspended for 18 months. Cormier ended up defeating Anderson Silva in a non-title fight.

This is also the second big UFC 206 fight lost this week. On Monday, it was learned that the Ontario Athletic Commission had refused to license Rashad Evans for his planned drop to middleweight vs. Tim Kennedy, due to an irregularity in his pre-fight MRI. The UFC hopes to match Kennedy with Kelvin Gastelum, but Gastelum is suspended for six months due to an egregiously missed weight cut.

Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown are incredible fights, but insufficient to headline a successful pay per view television event.

UFC 206
December 10, 2016
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis
Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown
Tim Kennedy vs. TBD
Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi
Nikita Krylov vs. Misha Cirkunov
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
Valerie Letourneau vs. Viviane Pereira
John Makdessi vs. Lando Vannata
Jason Saggo vs. Rustam Khabilov
Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez
Zach Makovsky vs. Dustin Ortiz