In a surprise move, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is spreading some holiday cheer to its fans. The promotion is repackaging several of the fights from UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis, which took place recently in Toronto and aired on pay-per-view, as a special two-hour broadcast on FOX.
The UFC rarely airs fights from its pay-per-views so close to the date of the event.
In revealing its plans, the UFC released the following statement:
As one of the best events of the year, UFC 206: HOLLOWAY vs. PETTIS turned into an instant classic featuring two Knockout of the Year candidates, a Fight of the Year, and a new champion in Max Holloway being crowned. UFC and FOX will give fans the chance to relive the action from Toronto when a special two-hour version of UFC 206 is re-aired on Saturday, December 24 at 8 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on FOX.
With the support of our cable, satellite and broadcast partners, UFC will showcase four of the event’s best fights just two weeks after the live pay-per-view, as a Christmas Eve gift from President Dana White.
The two-hour special will include:
- Knockout of the Year candidate – John Makdessivs. Lando Vannata
- Fight of the Year candidate – Cub Swansonvs. Doo Ho Choi
- Highlight reel knockout – Donald “Cowboy” Cerronevs. Matt Brown
- Interim featherweight championship bout – Max Hollowayvs. Anthony Pettis
(UDPATED on Thursday, Dec. 22: The original air time of 5 p.m. PT was changed to 8 p.m. PT, per FOX.)