He may not be getting his shot at #JoseAldo, but featherweight contender #MaxHolloway will be getting the highest profile fight of his career -- and one he's also been rallying for -- when he makes his next trip to the cage.
Currently riding a nine-fight winning streak, Holloway has just been booked to take on former lightweight champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis at UFC 206 in December. The announcement was made official on UFC.com earlier today.
Holding wins over Team Alpha Male standout Andre Fili and Jackson Wink MMA product Cub Swanson in his current streak (and practically everyone in between), Holloway was last seen notching a unanimous decision win over former title challenger Ricardo Lamas in his last appearance at UFC 199. While "Blessed" has been attempting to needle his way into a bout with current interim champ Jose Aldo ever since -- even telling him to "get his ass in the cage and do less talking" in a recent interview -- he did take to Twitter back in September to state that a fight with #AnthonyPettis would be an acceptable replacement.
"Showtime," on the other hand, could quickly find himself launched into the featherweight title picture after a disastrous three-fight losing streak at lightweight that saw him drop his belt to Rafael Dos Anjos, then suffer back-to-back decision losses to Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza.
Dropping down to featherweight over the summer, Pettis scored an impressive submission victory over Brazilian grappling whiz Charles Oliveira in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 21 in August.
UFC 206 goes down at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada on December 10th.