Detroit is getting a good one, since the Octagon takes up residence at the Motor City for UFC 218 on December 2. The most important event is a rematch between featherweight champion Max Holloway and Jose Aldo, who owned the branch for nearly a decade.
But this card is much more than just the main event. The PPV part of the card also includes a banger of a heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou, in addition to a bout between Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez to ascertain who is the most brutal fighter in the provider.
Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo
Max Holloway (-300) has a game plan built on great fundamentals and footwork. “Blessed” is always moving and angling his feet to find the best opportunity to strike, working a pressure-based style. That having been 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 in his past eight fights — means his opposition rarely has the chance to. His size generally leads to Holloway having a massive leverage edge if the fight goes to the clinch, which permits him to break easily and get back to space.
Jose Aldo’s (+230) sport is built around shield and time. Though that does not sound the sexiest, it has enabled”Scarface” to systematically dismantle virtually every opponent in his way. He’s more of a counter-striker who’ll wait on his opponent to commit before angling off, with some of the best footwork in MMA, to property a stinging punch or signature reduced kick. But this did not occur in the first fight. Aldo ended up throwing — and leaving himself open — rather than throwing leg kicks, which was a huge issue.
Concerning grappling, it’s largely used defensively for Aldo. The Brazilian has some of their best defensive wrestling ever seen in MMA and, on the rare occasion if he can get removed, he has the grappling capability to create a scramble and get back to his feet. Although he seldom uses it , Aldo is a good wrestler in his own right. He unites great technical skills with his amazing time to explode into takedowns. Once on top, Aldo’s rarely seen BJJ black belt carries over and that he moves effortlessly.
I just don’t believe much has changed since the very first battle. Holloway will enter certain and will still have a decided advantage in terms of size. If Aldo is more patient and gets back to his leg-kicking ways, then this could be a tight struggle. But, I don’t think there is an obvious path to victory for Aldo.
Prediction: Max Holloway (-300)