Max Holloway will appear to defend his undisputed UFC featherweight championship for the first time when he welcomes a familiar foe into the Octagon. Holloway will take on Jose Aldo — the man he defeated to merge the belts that are featherweight — in UFC 218 on December 2.
Holloway finds himself as a sizable -305 gaming preferred after completing Aldo in the third round when they last met at UFC 212, while the challenger goes back in +230. As Holloway closed as a +135 underdog, this is a drastic change from the betting line for their first bout.
Holloway is riding an streak — in a few of the most divisions in the UFC — with all eight of those coming through stoppage. The Hawaiian possesses incredible footwork which permits him to cut angles and be competitive in the standup game. Holloway will generally want to pressure his opponent against the cage and unleash huge combos. With no competitor taking him down into his previous eight fights his defensive wrestling is elite.
Aldo is a technical striker on the toes who will stick to basics that are complex. This is not a knock against the Brazilian, as his style is fluid and heavy on counter-striking. He’s got an excellent jab and a few of the most deadly leg kicks in MMA. Aldo can grapple too, since he holds a black belt in BJJ, however he traditionally uses his wrestling defensively to keep a fight standing.
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