Holloway, Cerrone among betting favourites at UFC 206

Max Holloway, left, fights Jeremy Stephens. (John Locher/AP)

UFC featherweight Max Holloway will be vying for his 10th straight victory in the octagon on Saturday when he faces off against Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 206 in Toronto as a strong -200 favourite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com

Holloway has been dominant in the three years since losing by unanimous decision to Conor McGregor as a +190 underdog at UFC Fight Night 26.

The 25-year-old Hawaiian has won nine straight, including six inside the distance, to improve his professional MMA record to 16-3 going into Saturday night’s matchup at the Air Canada Centre.

However, “Blessed” needed a full three rounds to pick up wins in his past two scraps, earning a unanimous decision win over Ricardo Lamas as -325 chalk at UFC 199, after dominating the heavy-hitting Jeremy Stephens in a unanimous decision win as a -550 favourite at UFC 194.

Pettis will be fighting as a featherweight for just the second time in his UFC career on Saturday night, and enters the octagon sporting +165 odds. The Milwaukee native ended Charles Oliveira’s night with a guillotine choke in his featherweight debut at UFC on Fox 21, paying out as a -245 favourite and improving his pro record to 19-5.

The win ended Pettis’ three-fight losing streak, which started with a unanimous decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185 that cost him his UFC Lightweight crown. Pettis followed up with a split decision loss to Eddie Alvarez as a -375 favourite at UFC Fight Night 81, and also dropped a unanimous decision to Edson Barboza at UFC 197 while pegged as -190 chalk.

In other UFC 206 betting action, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will be looking to earn Performance of the Night honours for a fourth straight time, as he takes on fellow welterweight Matt Brown as the -280 betting favourite.

Cerrone has won three straight, all by stoppage, most recently claiming a second-round win by TKO over Rick Story as a -165 favourite at UFC 202, and currently sits as the No. 3 welterweight on the OddsShark MMA Fighter Rankings.

Brown has hit hard times over the past two years, losing four of his past five fights, including a first-round TKO loss to Jake Ellenberger as -310 chalk at UFC 201, and takes on Cerrone as a +225 underdog.

Elsewhere, Doo Ho Choi is perched as -225 chalk in his featherweight clash with Cub Swanson, who trails at +185, while Tim Kennedy is a diminished -160 favourite against Kelvin Gastelum, who is pegged at +130 in their middleweight matchup.

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