Detroit is becoming a great one, since the Octagon takes up residence in the Motor City for UFC 218 on December 2. The main 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 major event. The PPV portion 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 is the most barbarous fighter in the provider.
Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo
Max Holloway (-300) includes a game plan built on excellent fundamentals and footwork. “Blessed” is always angling and moving his feet to discover the very best opportunity to attack, working a pressure-based style. That being said, Holloway can be plenty capable of using his height and reach advantage he generally retains to stick-and-move. The Hawaiian enjoys bullying his competitor against the cage where he could place his feet and throw wicked combinations.
Grappling isn’t something that Holloway partakes in voluntarily and his incredible takedown defense — he hasn’t been taken down into his previous eight conflicts — means that his opposition rarely has the chance to. His size usually leads to Holloway having a huge leverage advantage if the battle goes to the clinch, which allows him to break easily and get back to area.
Jose Aldo’s (+230) sport is built around defense and timing. Though that does not seem the sexiest, it’s enabled”Scarface” to methodically dismantle virtually every opponent in his manner. He’s more of a counter-striker who will wait on his competitor to commit before angling off, with a number of the best footwork in MMA, to land a stinging punch or signature reduced kick. But this did not happen in the first fight. Aldo ended up throwing first — and leaving himself open — and not throwing leg kicks, which was a massive issue.
In terms of grappling, it’s largely utilized medicinally for Aldo. The Brazilian has some of the best defensive wrestling ever seen in MMA and, on the rare occasion if he does get removed, he’s got 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 combines good technical skills with his incredible timing to explode into takedowns. Once on top, Aldo’s seldom seen BJJ black belt carries over and that he moves effortlessly.
I just do not believe much has changed since the very first battle. Holloway will enter confident and will still have a decided advantage in terms of size. If Aldo is patient and gets back to his leg-kicking manners, then this may be a tight fight. However, I don’t think there’s an obvious route to success for Aldo.
Prediction: Max Holloway (-300)
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