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 unify the belts that are featherweight — in UFC 218 on December 2.
Holloway finds himself as a sizable -305 betting favorite 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 change from the betting line for their first bout.
Holloway is riding an streak — in one of the most talent-laden branches in the UFC — together with eight of those coming via stoppage. The Hawaiian possesses incredible footwork that allows him to cut angles and be more competitive in the standup game. Unleash combos that are huge and holloway will wish to pressure his opponent. With no opponent taking him down his wrestling is topnotch.
Aldo is a striker on the feet who will stick to basics that are advanced. This isn’t a knock against the Brazilian, as his style is both fluid and heavy on counter-striking. He’s got an excellent jab today and some of the most lethal leg kicks in MMA. Aldo can grapple as well, as he holds a black belt in BJJ, though he traditionally uses his wrestling defensively to maintain a fight position.