Max Holloway’s title reign will start with a direct rematch. With Frankie Edgar out of the Saturday’s UFC 218 major event, former champion Jose Aldo will get an opportunity to win back the featherweight belt that he once held for nearly five years. The pair first collided at UFC 212 last June, with Holloway notching a third-round TKO and walking off with the belt.
Can Aldo reverse the results this time around? Let’s take a peek at the UFC odds at and go over your betting choices.
UFC Odds at
Max Holloway -298
Jose Aldo +230
Over/under 2.5 rounds, over -150, under +130 Matchup Preview
From the first matchup, Aldo started off strong, landing blank, technical mixtures to take the first round. Holloway, normally a very fast rookie, did small in the initial round, attempting to find his rhythm and range. For a guy that lands nearly six strikes a minute, Holloway threw puzzlingly little strikes for the first two rounds.
It turned out that was the strategy all along, as”Blessed” along with his team felt that Aldo was most dangerous ancient, with a gas tank which may be exploited later. Since the next round began, we began to observe the average, higher octane Max Holloway, that started pouring on dynamic kick-punch combinations. Though Aldo managed to land a few counters, Holloway marched him down and put him away before the round ended.
The victory was a decisive one, which makes it effortless to believe that Holloway is a surefire choice. Aldo has long had issues with his cardio, while Holloway is a fighter using a nonstop engine. Making matters worse for the Brazilian is Holloway’s iron chin – Aldo’s quick and strong enough to ice many dudes using one mix, but he cannot seem to do so with Holloway.
Is there some path to a triumph for Aldo? Possibly. For starters, he could contact the painful leg kicks that were his bread-and-butter during his early UFC days. Why he’s gone away from it’s puzzling to many observers, because it was one of the greatest weapons in the full struggle game. Nevertheless against Holloway and Frankie Edgar before him, Aldo barely withdrew any. Softening up the bottoms of an aggressive fighter like”Blessed” would help the Brazilian battle at his favorite pace.

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