Detroit is getting a great one, since the Octagon takes up residence in the Motor City for UFC 218 on December 2. The most important event is a rematch between featherweight champion Max Holloway and Jose Aldo, who possessed the division for almost a decade.
But this card is a lot more than just the main event. The PPV part of this card also includes a banger of a heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou, in addition to a bout between Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez to determine who’s the most barbarous fighter in the company.
Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo
Max Holloway (-300) includes a game plan built on great fundamentals and footwork. “Blessed” is always angling and moving his feet to find the best chance 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 typically retains to stick-and-move. The Hawaiian loves bullying his opponent against the cage where he could set his feet and throw wicked combinations.
Grappling is not something that Holloway partakes in voluntarily and his amazing takedown defense — he hasn’t been taken down in his previous eight fights — signifies his opposition rarely has the opportunity to. His size usually leads to Holloway with a massive leverage edge if the fight goes to the clinch, which permits him to break easily and get back to space.
Jose Aldo’s (+230) game is built around defense and time. Though that does not seem the sexiest, it’s allowed”Scarface” to methodically dismantle nearly every opponent in his manner. He is more of a counter-striker who’ll wait on his opponent to commit before angling off, with some of the best footwork in MMA, to land a stinging punch or signature reduced kick. However, this did not happen in the first fight. Aldo ended up throwing — and leaving himself open — and not throwing leg kicks, which was a huge issue.
Concerning grappling, it’s mostly used defensively for Aldo. The Brazilian has some of their best defensive wrestling seen in MMA and, on the rare occasion if he can get taken down, he has the grappling ability to cause a scramble and get back to his feet. Although he seldom uses it , Aldo is a solid wrestler in his own right. Again, he unites great technical abilities with his incredible timing to burst into takedowns. Once on top, Aldo’s seldom seen BJJ black belt carries over and that he passes effortlessly.
I just do not think much has changed since the very first battle. Holloway will enter confident and will nevertheless have a decided advantage concerning size. If Aldo is more patient and gets back to his leg-kicking manners, then this may be a tight fight. But, I don’t think there is an obvious route to success for Aldo.
Prediction: Max Holloway (-300)
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