Here we go again! Jose Aldo steps up to replace Frankie Edgar in what is an immediate rematch between him and Max Holloway now. Holloway stopped Aldo’s time at the top of the UFC featherweight division with a brutal third round TKO and now looks to defend his title for the first time.
Holloway and Aldo will headline the upcoming UFC 218 pay-per-view to be held at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Despite the Holloway vs. Aldo rematch not being the preferred option for the UFC, this fight is still just as exciting (and intriguing) as it was the first time. In fact, it becomes even more interesting considering the monumental shift in momentum that occurred in at UFC 212. After controlling the first two rounds convincingly, Aldo got caught with a vicious combination of straight punches and went crashing to the mat. Holloway, who could sense his opportunity, poured on a heavy barrage of strikes to end the fight and take home his first UFC Championship.
This pay-per-view is filled with truly exciting bouts and the main card begins with a fascinating battle between Michelle Waterson and Tecia Torres. After climbing to 9-1 and 5-1 during her time with the UFC, Torres called out Waterson just after defeating Juliana Lima at the TUF 25 Finale. Waterson, who most recently lost to Rose Namajunas via second-round submission looks to get back on track here at UFC 218. We’re expecting Torres to overwhelm Namajunas in this contest.
After that, we move on to an edge-of-your-seat matchup between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje. Alvarez and Gaethje coached the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter and now get to settle their differences in what is sure to be a violent affair. After losing to Conor McGregor at UFC 205, Alvarez then went on be involved in a strange no-contest brawl with Dustin Poirier. Standing across from him is the ever-dangerous Justin Gaethje, who walks forward with a granite chin relentlessly. He is happy to stand and trade with any opponent and packs extreme power in his hands after ruining the legs of his opponent. Justin Gaethje should get the better of Eddie Alvarez in this contest.
In a battle between two flyweight’s, Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis will finally go to war. These two were originally scheduled to compete at UFC 211 in May, but the fight never eventuated due to Cejudo experiencing an injury. Nevertheless, both Cejudo and Pettis recorded impressive wins since then. Cejudo smashed Wilson Reis with a new and improved karate style striking display and Pettis scored a hard-fought win over the tough Brandon Moreno. It’s Cejudo’s time to shine and we are expecting the former Olympic gold medalist to score a unanimous decision victory.
Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou will be one of the most explosive fights on the entire UFC 218 card this weekend. Ngannou, who has completely ruined each of his five opponents in the UFC so far, will be up against Overeem who is enjoying a two-win streak at the moment. Overeem’s experience as an accomplished kickboxer will be tested by the rising star in Ngannou who packs incredible power into his strikes. Expect Ngannou to land a heavy counter strike on Overeem and finish the fight early!
Predictions and Best Bets
Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo
If you have only watched the highlights, or your memory is failing you, it’s possible that you only remember Max Holloway dominating Jose Aldo in the final moments of their bout at UFC 212.
After Holloway crashed a heavy series of punches into Aldo’s head, he continued to pour on a destructive series of strikes to end the fight.
However, what most people are forgetting is that Jose Aldo looked superb in round one and won round two on all three judge’s scorecards. He was winning every exchange and managed to rock Holloway with a devastating combination in the opening minutes. Holloway, who generally starts slowly, took a while to get going and Aldo made him pay the price.
The last time these two met, Aldo entered as the favorite. This time, however, Aldo is a significant underdog as the public wants to bet on the side that they have seen win this match before.
But remember, nothing is ever the same in mixed martial arts and there was a clear reason why Aldo was the favorite in their first matchup.
We recommend betting on the underdog in Jose Aldo (who is arguably the greatest featherweight of all-time, mind you!).
Bet: Jose Aldo to win
Odds: +254 ($3.55 or 51/20)
UFC 218 fight card
UFC 218 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 6:15 pm (11:15pm GMT) ET on Saturday, 2 December.
Pay-per-view (10:00pm ET / 03:00am GMT)
- 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
Fox Sports 1 (8:00pm ET / 1:00am GMT)
- Charles Oliveira vs. Paul Felder
- Alex Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros
- David Teymur vs. Drakkar Klose
- Felice Herrig vs. Cortney Casey
UFC Fight Pass Prelims
UFC Fight Pass (6:15pm ET / 11:15pm GMT)
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
- Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
- Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder
- Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana