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UFC 206 bout could decide the next shot at Conor McGregor's featherweight title

Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis set to meet in Toronto on 10 December.

TWO OF THE UFC’s top featherweights are set to go head-to-head in a fight which could help to clear up the division’s title mess.

Max Holloway and former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will meet at UFC 206 in Toronto on 10 December, the organisation announced on Wednesday.

Holloway is currently ranked third in the division on the back of a nine-fight winning streak since losing to Conor McGregor in April 2013.

Pettis, meanwhile, is ranked sixth after he dropped down to 145 lbs earlier this year and scored a submission win over Charles Oliviera.

A win would greatly strengthen both fighters’ claims to get the next title shot in the division, although it remains unclear how the current situation will be resolved.

McGregor is currently focused on his UFC 205 shot against lightweight title holder Eddie Alvarez in New York next month where a win would see him become the first concurrent two-weight champion in UFC history.

Jose Aldo remains the number one contender and holds the division’s interim belt following his win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.

But the frustrated Brazilian has told the UFC that he no longer wishes to fight for the organisation, adding another layer of uncertainty to an already complicated picture.

UFC 206 will be headline by the heavyweight title re-match between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.

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