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 at UFC 218 on December 2 — on Jose Aldo — the guy he defeated to merge the featherweight belts.
Holloway finds himself as a sizable -305 betting favorite after completing Aldo in the third round if they last met at UFC 212, while the challenger goes back at +230. As Holloway closed as a +135 underdog this is a change from the line for their first bout.
Holloway is riding an series — in one of the very divisions in the UFC — together with eight of those coming through stoppage. The Hawaiian possesses incredible footwork that allows him to cut angles and be more aggressive in the standup game. Unleash combos that are huge and holloway will normally wish to pressure his competitor against the leash. With no opponent taking down him into his eight conflicts his wrestling is topnotch.
Aldo is a specialized striker on the feet who tends to stick to basics that are advanced. This is not a knock against the Brazilian, as his style is both heavy and fluid on counter-striking. He’s got a superb jab today and a few of the leg kicks in MMA. Aldo can grapple as well, as he holds a black belt in BJJ, however he traditionally utilizes his wrestling defensively to maintain a fight position.
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