ByElias Cepeda, writer at
Elias Cepeda

Saturday's UFC 206 card was low on big-name drawing power after the UFC couldn't make a deal with Georges St-Pierre, and Daniel Cormier pulled-out of his light heavyweight title-defense against Anthony Johnson with an injury. Still, the pay-per-view ended up being fantastic, because of the great match ups put together by UFC matchmakers, and because the fighters themselves laid it on the line and produced fireworks.

It was hard to choose, but below are our five most thrilling moments from UFC 206. Read on, then let us know which were your favorite moments!

Max Holloway stops Anthony Pettis

There is no quit in . He says he had to be dragged out of the sauna, Friday, when his body shut down while trying to cut weight.

Then, the next day, he took a lot of damage from , but would not quit. Ultimately, the referee saved Pettis from Holloway and his own toughness.

Lando Vannata scores with some spinning sh-t

The "Groovy" one lost his short-notice UFC debut against top lightweight contender back in July, but showed what he is capable of with a scary reverse-spinning wheel-kick KO against the very good John Makdessi.

Donald Cerrone knocks Matt Brown out

Here's the thing about Matt Brown - He's good enough to beat any welterweight in the world on any given night (Johny Hendricks wouldn't strike with him, and Robbie Lawler won a close decision over him), and he's damned hard to stop. Former lightweight title-challenger Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone's lead leg was quick enough to counter a jab from Brown and put "The Immortal" down and out.

In doing so, Cerrone made his biggest argument that he himself is capable of competing for a championship at welterweight, as well.

Kelvin Gastelum handles Tim Kennedy

is a top welterweight contender, only barely losing to the likes of Neil Magny and current champion Tyron Woodley. But, he can't keep his weight down, so he's been forced up to middleweight.

As good as he is, Gastelum simply seems too small to make a dent at middleweight. Well, at least he did, until he beat Tim Kennedy at UFC 206.

Put simply, before leaving competition for over two years, Tim Kennedy was one of the very best middleweights in the world, for years and years. Number one contender Yoel Romero needed a whole bunch of screw ups from officials to beat Kennedy, back in 2014, fellow top contender Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold could only eek out decisions over .

Kennedy also owns a dominant win over the current champion, . That's what made Gastelum's decisive TKO win over Kennedy so shocking.

Cub Swanson and Doo Ho Choi ending 2016 with instant classic

These two featherweight contenders left it all on the mats, Saturday. There was nasty wrestling and furious striking.

In the end, Swanson got the decision victory, but neither man lost any standing or respect in this brutal battle. Bravo, gentlemen.


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