Max Holloway will appear to defend his undisputed UFC featherweight championship for the first time when he welcomes a familiar foe to the Octagon. Holloway will take in UFC 218 on December 2 — on Jose Aldo — the guy he defeated to merge the featherweight belts.
Holloway finds himself as a big -305 betting favorite after finishing Aldo in the third round when they last met at UFC 212, while the challenger comes back at +230. This is a radical change from the betting line for their first bout, as Holloway closed as a +135 underdog.
Holloway is riding an 11-fight winning series — in one of the most branches in the UFC — together with eight of those coming via stoppage. The Hawaiian possesses incredible footwork which permits him to cut angles and be aggressive in the standup game. Holloway will normally want to pressure his opponent and unleash combos. With no competitor carrying down him into his eight fights his wrestling is elite.
Aldo is a specialized striker on the feet who will adhere to basics that are advanced. This is not a knock against the Brazilian, as his style is both fluid and heavy on counter-striking. He’s got an excellent jab today, and some of the leg kicks in MMA. Aldo can grapple as well, as he holds a black belt in BJJ, though he traditionally utilizes his wrestling defensively to maintain a fight position.
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