UFC 218 is only ten days away and the build-up has officially begun. The UFC have released an extended preview and it is sure to you excited for the rematch between Max Holloway and Jose Aldo.
The two first shared the octagon back in June, in Aldo’s home country of Brazil. Aldo was the defending champion then, but was finished in the third round by Holloway, who hasn’t lost since August 17, 2013 to Conor McGregor by unanimous decision.
A loss for Aldo here could all but finish the featherweight legend. After being knocked out by rival and now UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in just 13 seconds, he returned quickly to fight for the interim belt against Frankie Edgar. His performance was flawless and he cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
Aldo was then named the undisputed featherweight champion, as McGregor was forced to give up his belt, for not defending it in twelve months. Many deemed that a controversial decision and the Brazilian had a chance to prove his doubters wrong when he faced then interim champion Holloway. He failed to do so, after putting in a solid performance in the first two rounds and was ultimately TKO’d in the third.
The 31-year-old was scheduled to fight Ricardo Lamas in mid-December, but when Frankie Edgar pulled out of a title fight with Holloway at UFC 218 with an injury, it was too good an opportunity for Aldo to let slip.
There are a lot of questions being asked about Aldo, and people aren’t quite sure if he is still on championship level, but we’ll find out in ten days.
Holloway has taken the UFC by storm ever since losing to the Notorious one. He has won eleven on the bounce, which is ranked fifth in all-time UFC consecutive win streaks and it seems he has no intentions of slowing down.
The Hawaiian has come out victorious against everyone the UFC has put in front of him, beating names such as Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Cub Swanson, and Charles Oliveira. At only 25 years old, who knows what he could achieve. December 2 is only a stepping stone to what is sure to be a long, illustrious career.
You can see the extended preview below and also the media call between the two featherweights.