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 — at UFC 218 on December 2.
Holloway finds himself as a big -305 gaming preferred after finishing Aldo in the third round if they last met at UFC 212, while the challenger comes back at +230. As Holloway closed as a +135 underdog, this is a radical change from the betting line for their first bout.
Holloway is riding an winning streak — in one of the very branches in the UFC — with all eight of those coming through stoppage. The Hawaiian owns incredible footwork that allows him to cut angles and be competitive in the standup game. Holloway will normally wish to pressure his competitor and unleash combos. His defensive wrestling is topnotch, with no competitor carrying down him in his past eight conflicts.
Aldo is a specialized striker on the feet who tends to adhere to basics that are advanced. This is not a knock against the Brazilian, as his style is heavy and fluid on counter-striking. He’s got a superb jab today and some of the most deadly leg kicks in MMA. Aldo can grapple too, since he holds a black belt in BJJ, though he traditionally uses his wrestling defensively to maintain a fight standing.
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