Max Holloway will look to defend his undisputed UFC featherweight championship for the first time when he welcomes a familiar foe to the Octagon. Holloway will take on Jose Aldo — the guy he defeated to merge the belts that are featherweight — in UFC 218 on December 2.
Holloway finds himself as a big -305 betting favorite after completing Aldo in the third round when they last met at UFC 212, while the challenger comes back at +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 winning series — in one of the very divisions in the UFC — together with 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 want to pressure his competitor and unleash combos that are big. With no competitor carrying down him into his past eight conflicts, his wrestling is topnotch.
Aldo is a specialized striker on the toes who will stick to basics that are advanced. This isn’t a knock against the Brazilian, as his style is both heavy and fluid on counter-striking. He’s got a superb jab and a few of the most deadly leg kicks in MMA. Aldo can grapple as well, since he holds a black belt in BJJ, however he traditionally utilizes his wrestling defensively to keep a fight standing.
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