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The Blessed Era or Aldo’s Revenge?
Eric Roberts 2017-11-26 in MMA Tips
Max Holloway and Jose Aldo are set to throw down for a second time at UFC 218 this weekend.
Five months ago now, Holloway stole the UFC Featherweight Championship from Aldo in the third round of their contest in Brazil. Holloway stunned the champion with a brilliant 1-2 combination down the middle before finishing him off just moments later.
Will Aldo get his revenge, or are we truly living in the ‘Blessed Era’?
Jose Aldo’s extended time as the undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion came to a sudden ending at UFC 194 at the hands of Conor McGregor. While that is nearly two years ago now, the effect still lingers.
He looked just as good in the first round against Holloway as well, but his night ended horribly for all the Brazilians in attendance to witness. He was left helpless on the canvas as a ferocious Holloway gave him a prolonged beatdown.
Well, I’m still not sure whether this fight breakdown becomes easier or not now that we have seen these two battle it out before.
The First Time
Because we tend to remember Holloway’s destructive efforts in round three, it’s easy to forget just how good Jose Aldo looked in round one.
Aldo looked faster, more composed and the quicker of the two fighters. He connected with heavy shots and at one stage looked to have stunned Holloway badly. He landed flush with some strikes, before following through with even heavier hooks and straights but Holloway was able to recover quickly. The first round was all Jose Aldo.
But, Max Holloway seemingly kicked into another gear late in round two. His confidence grew, his hands went down and he started taunting Jose Aldo in the middle of the octagon.
In fact, up until the start of round three, Aldo was controlling almost every exchange. He was up two rounds to nil and Holloway seemed to have no answer for him.
That was until Holloway caught him with a flush 1-2 combination that ended the fight spectacularly.
To keep this as short as possible, I’ll point out what could affect the outcome of the rematch:
Aldo’s keys to victory:
Go back to his leg kicks, we haven’t seen Aldo use these kicks in three fights now.
Not trade with Holloway in the pocket.
Mix things up with takedown attempts to keep Holloway from continually pushing forward with no regard for Aldo’s power.
Holloway’s keys to victory:
Start faster. He took too long to get going in the first fight and that could cost him this time around.
Walk forward and not be put on the back foot.
Throw combinations and force Aldo to defend.
Prediction and Betting Guide
While I believe that the safer play is to back Max Holloway to score another victory here, the safest play isn’t always the best option when it comes to sports betting.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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