Detroit is becoming a great one, since the Octagon takes up residence at the Motor City for UFC 218 on December 2. The main event is a rematch between featherweight champion Max Holloway and Jose Aldo, who owned the division for nearly a decade.
However, this card is a lot more than just the main event. The PPV part of this card also features a banger of a heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou, as well as a bout between Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez to ascertain who’s the most brutal fighter in the provider.
Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo
Max Holloway (-300) includes a game plan built on excellent fundamentals and footwork. “Blessed” is constantly moving and angling his feet to discover the best opportunity to strike, working a pressure-based style. That having been said, Holloway can be a lot capable of using his height and reach advantage he generally holds to stick-and-move. The Hawaiian loves bullying his opponent against the cage where he could place his feet and toss wicked combinations.
Grappling isn’t something which Holloway partakes in his amazing takedown defense — he has not yet been taken down into his previous eight fights — means his resistance rarely has the opportunity to. His size generally leads to Holloway with a massive leverage advantage if the battle goes into the clinch, which allows him to break easily and get back to area.
Jose Aldo’s (+230) game is built around defense and timing. Though that doesn’t seem the sexiest, it has allowed”Scarface” to systematically dismantle nearly every competitor in his way. He is more of a counter-striker who will wait on his competitor to commit before angling off, with some of the best footwork in MMA, to property an stinging punch or signature reduced kick. But this didn’t occur in the first fight. Aldo ended up throwing — and leaving himself open — and not throwing leg kicks, which was a massive issue.
Concerning grappling, it is mostly utilized medicinally for Aldo. The Brazilian has some of their greatest defensive wrestling ever seen in MMA and, on the rare occasion if he can get taken down, he has the grappling capability to create a scramble and get back to his feet. Although he rarely uses it offensively, Aldo is a solid wrestler in his own right. Again, he unites good technical skills with his incredible timing to burst into takedowns. Once on top, Aldo’s seldom seen BJJ black belt carries over and he moves effortlessly.
I simply don’t believe much has changed since the first battle. Holloway will enter certain and will nevertheless have a decided advantage in terms of size. If Aldo is more patient and gets back to his leg-kicking ways, then this could be a tight fight. However, I really don’t think there is an obvious path to success for Aldo.
Prediction: Max Holloway (-300)
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