Max Holloway will appear to defend his undisputed UFC featherweight championship for the first time when he welcomes a familiar foe into the Octagon. Holloway will take at UFC 218 on December 2 — on Jose Aldo — the man he defeated to unify the belts.
Holloway finds himself as a sizable -305 betting favorite after completing Aldo from the third round if they last met at UFC 212, while the challenger goes back in +230. This is a radical change from the gambling line for their first bout, as Holloway closed as a +135 underdog.
Holloway is riding an series — in one of the most talent-laden branches in the UFC — with eight of those coming via stoppage. The Hawaiian owns incredible footwork that allows him to cut angles and be more competitive in the standup game. Unleash combos that are huge and holloway will want to pressure his opponent from the leash. His defensive wrestling is elite, with no competitor taking down him in his past eight fights.
Aldo is a striker on the toes who tends to adhere to basics. This isn’t a knock against the Brazilian, as his style is both heavy and fluid on counter-striking. He has a superb jab today and some of the leg kicks in MMA. Aldo can grapple too, as he holds a black belt in BJJ, though he traditionally uses his wrestling defensively to maintain a fight position.
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