UFC 218 on Saturday Night in Detroit Features Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

By Tom Wilkinson
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UFC 218 on Saturday in Detroit features Max Holloway defending his featherweight title against Jose Aldo. It is a title rematch, as Holloway beat Aldo at UFC 212 in June. Holloway is listed as about a 3-1 favorite to win on Saturday night. There are five fights on the main pay-per-view card and eight on the preliminary card, with four on FS1 and four on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the event with a focus on Holloway vs. Aldo.

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Max Holloway -305 vs. Jose Aldo

Holloway is 18-3 in his career and he has been a win machine in recent years, winning his last 11 fights. He has gone 14-3 in the UFC. Holloway won the interim UFC Featherweight Championship in December of last year, as he defeated Anthony Pettis. Aldo won the unified Featherweight title by knocking out Aldo in June of this year at UFC 212.

Aldo comes into this fight at 26-3 overall, including 8-2 in the UFC. Aldo lost the title at UFC 212 in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. “This guy, we fought him in his hometown, he was the champion, and for him to be saying that now he feels way more motivated; fighting for your country and fighting in front of your people for your belt is not enough motivation, what’s going on?” Holloway said on the UFC 218 media call. “I’m motivated. The belt is great. You know what comes with the belt? Better payday, pay-per-views and a lot more stuff, but the belt is the belt. A fight is a fight.”

Holloway was supposed to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 218 but Edgar got hurt and pulled out. Aldo was supposed to fight at UFC on FOX 26 next month but he jumped at the chance to get a rematch against Aldo. Holloway doesn’t care who he fights. “I don’t care if it’s him; I don’t care who it was,” Holloway said. “I was ready for the next man up. Line them up, and I’m going to knock them down. Too much people depend on, ‘This is what he did in the first fight; this is what he’ll do in the second fight.’ We don’t know what happens. I’m getting ready for the best Jose Aldo in the second fight, just like I did for the first fight.”

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Holloway said that this fight is huge in terms of his legacy. “At the end of the day this is a legacy fight,” Holloway said on the media call. “This is huge for legacy. Jose back to back. Nobody ever beat him twice. Me being the greatest featherweight champion is a long journey. This is a step.”

Holloway beat Aldo in their first matchup and I see no reason he won’t beat him again. Holloway is simply the better fighter right now than Aldo who looks to be on the downside of his career. The price is high but I like Holloway to get this win.

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The co-main event has Alistair Overeem taking on Francis Ngannou in a battle of strikers. I like Ngannou in this fight and I also like the rounds to go under the total. On the preliminary card I like Felder to beat Oliveria and Crowder to defeat Willis.

UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2 takes place on Saturday, December 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. There are five fights on the main card featuring Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo and eight preliminary bouts, with four on FS1 and four on UFC Fight Pass.

Main Card (Pay-Per-View)

Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo

Alistair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou

Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis

Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje

Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

Preliminary Card (FS1)

Charles Oliveira vs. Paul Felder

Alex Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros

David Teymur vs. Drakkar Klose

Felice Herrig vs. Cortney Casey

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi

Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes

Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder

Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana

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