Detroit is becoming a good one, since the Octagon takes up residence at 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 branch for almost a decade.
But this card is much more than just the main 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 determine who’s the most barbarous fighter in the company.
Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo
Max Holloway (-300) has a game program built on excellent fundamentals and footwork. „Blessed“ is always angling and moving his feet to discover the best chance to attack, working a pressure-based style. That being said, Holloway can be plenty capable of using his height and reach advantage that he typically holds 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 into his past eight conflicts — means his opposition rarely has the opportunity to. His size usually leads to Holloway having a massive leverage edge if the fight goes into the clinch, which allows him to break easily and get back to area.
Jose Aldo’s (+230) sport is built around shield and time. Though that does not seem the sexiest, it has allowed“Scarface“ to systematically dismantle nearly every competitor in his way. He is more of a counter-striker who’ll wait on his competitor to commit before angling off, with a number of the best footwork in MMA, to land an stinging punch or trademark low kick. But this didn’t 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 is largely utilized medicinally for Aldo. The Brazilian has some of the greatest defensive wrestling ever seen in MMA and, on the rare occasion when he does get removed, he has the grappling capability to create a scramble and get back to his feet. Although he rarely uses it offensively, Aldo is a good wrestler in his own right. He unites good technical abilities with his amazing timing to explode into takedowns. Once on top, Aldo’s rarely seen BJJ black belt carries over and he moves effortlessly.
I simply don’t believe much has changed since the first fight. Holloway will enter certain and will nevertheless have a decided advantage in terms of size. If Aldo is more patient and gets back to his leg-kicking ways, then this may be a tight struggle. But, I don’t think there’s an obvious path to victory for Aldo.
Prediction: Max Holloway (-300)
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