UFC 218: Holloway vs Aldo II Betting Odds and Predictions
Detroit is getting a good one, as the Octagon takes up residence at the Motor City for UFC 218 on December 2. The most important event is a rematch between featherweight champion Max Holloway and Jose Aldo, who possessed the branch for almost a decade.
However, this card is a lot more than just the major event. The PPV portion of the card also features a banger of a heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou, in addition to a bout between Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez to ascertain who’s the most brutal fighter in the provider.
Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo
Max Holloway (-300) has a game program built on great fundamentals and footwork. “Blessed” is always moving and angling his feet to find the best opportunity to strike, working a pressure-based style. That being said, Holloway can be a lot capable of using his height and reach advantage that he generally holds to stick-and-move. The Hawaiian enjoys bullying his competitor against the cage where he can place his feet and throw wicked combinations.
Grappling is not something that Holloway partakes in voluntarily and his amazing takedown defense — he has not yet been taken down into his past eight conflicts — means his resistance rarely has the chance to. His size usually leads to Holloway having a huge leverage advantage if the fight goes to the clinch, which permits him to break easily and get back to space.
Jose Aldo’s (+230) sport is built around shield and timing. Though that doesn’t sound the sexiest, it has allowed”Scarface” to systematically dismantle virtually every opponent in his way. He is more of a counter-striker who’ll wait on his competitor to commit before angling off, with a number of the best footwork in MMA, to property an stinging punch or trademark low kick. However, this did not occur in the first fight. Aldo ended up throwing — and leaving himself open — rather than throwing leg kicks, which was a massive issue.
In terms of grappling, it is largely used defensively for Aldo. The Brazilian has some of their greatest defensive wrestling ever seen in MMA and, on the rare occasion if he can get removed, he’s got the grappling capability to cause a scramble and get back to his feet. Though he seldom uses it offensively, Aldo is a solid wrestler in his own right. Again, he unites great technical abilities with his incredible time to burst into takedowns. Once on top, Aldo’s seldom seen BJJ black belt carries over and he passes effortlessly.
I just don’t believe much has changed since the first fight. Holloway will enter certain and will still have a decided advantage concerning size. If Aldo is patient and gets back to his leg-kicking manners, then this could be a tight struggle. But, I really don’t think there’s an obvious route to success for Aldo.
Prediction: Max Holloway (-300)
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