Detroit is getting a great one, as 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.
However, this card is much more than just the major 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 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 find the very best chance to attack, working a pressure-based style. That being said, Holloway can be a lot capable of using his height and reach advantage he generally 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 incredible takedown defense — he hasn’t been taken down into his past eight fights — means his resistance rarely has the opportunity to. His size generally leads to Holloway with a huge leverage advantage if the fight goes to the clinch, which allows him to break easily and get back to space.
Jose Aldo’s (+230) game is built around defense and time. Though that doesn’t sound the sexiest, it’s enabled”Scarface” to systematically dismantle virtually every competitor in his manner. He is more of a counter-striker who’ll wait on his competitor to commit before angling off, with some of the best footwork in MMA, to land an stinging punch or trademark low kick. But this didn’t happen in the first battle. Aldo ended up throwing — and leaving himself open — and not throwing leg kicks, which was a massive issue.
In terms of grappling, it’s mostly used defensively for Aldo. The Brazilian has some of the best defensive wrestling ever seen in MMA and, on the rare occasion if he can get removed, he’s got the grappling capability to cause a scramble and get back to his feet. Though he rarely uses it offensively, Aldo is a good wrestler in his own right. He unites great technical skills with his incredible timing to explode into takedowns. Once on top, Aldo’s rarely 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 concerning size. If Aldo is patient and gets back to his leg-kicking manners, then this may be a tight fight. But, I really don’t think there is an obvious path to victory for Aldo.
Prediction: Max Holloway (-300)
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