Detroit, Michigan will be hosting UFC 218 as Max Holloway looks to defend his Featherweight title from the man he took it from, Jose Aldo. Aldo has never lost a rematch in his career so what will give this time around?
Other fights that are sure to impress see veteran Alistair Overeem take on one of the brightest stars in the Heavyweight Division, Francis Ngannou. Eddie Alvarez takes on another up and coming fighter in the form of undefeated Justin Gaethje.
UFC 218 sees many talented fighters face off in what promises to be a rousing night of fights.
3 KEY POINTS
Max Holloway (18-3-0) vs, Jose Aldo (26-3-0) – Featherweight Title Fight
Holloway knocked Jose Aldo from his Featherweight throne in Rio de Janeiro of all places. Aldo is a deserved contender in this matchup even though the opportunity has come earlier than expected.
Holloway is traditionally a striker. His ground game was a major flaw but has since improved, leading to an 80% takedown accuracy and 83% takedowns defended.
Aldo is better on the ground and may consider looking to take advantage of this area when/if Holloway starts to tire.
When all is said and done, Aldo may be staring down the barrel of back-to-back losses at the hands of Holloway, denting his title contending credentials further since his infamous bout with Conor McGregor.
Tip: Max Holloway by KO
Francis Ngannou (10-1) vs, Alistair Overeem (43-15)
Francis Ngannou is a 254-pound monster out of Cameroon. The 31 year old is primed to make a surge up the contender’s ladder. Alistair Overeem on the other hand will be having none of that. After losing a title fight to Miocic, Overeem has rebounded in a big way. Wins over Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum have confirmed that Overeem still has a lot left in the tank.
Overeem’s combination of chokeholds and kickboxing skills will be a match for Ngannou. This fight will make it to a second round; both these fighters are too hungry to let it slip in the first.
Tip: Overeem / Ngannou Over 1.5 rounds
Eddie Alvarez (28-5) vs, Justin Gaethje (18-0)
Alvarez is similarly respected as Gaethje considering both fighters have a penchant for exciting fights where the firsts and feet are flying.
I don’t see a lot in this fight, but you have to choose the fighter that’s on the better side of 30 who’s currently undefeated in his professional bouts. Alvarez has been a longtime stalwart of the UFC brand, but his time has come to make way for the up and comers.
Tip: Justin Gaethje by KO