Posted by 212UFC on June 3rd, 2017
The bout isn’t just a highly anticipated showdown, but it also unifies the featherweight title belts, as Jose Aldo (26-2) currently holds the featherweight title belt and Holloway (17-3) is the interim featherweight champion. There can only be one, ultimately, and it looks like we’re slated to find out who in Rio on June 3rd.
A lot can happen between then and now, of course. There isn’t even an official venue yet, after all, while the rest of the card remains a complete mystery. There is hope floating around that a second huge title fight will be added to the card, but it’s also arguable that taking any attention away from an already massive title fight might be unnecessary.
This fight is so fresh that most of the top UFC betting websites don’t even have odds out for it yet. What we do know, however, is this fight is going to be graded very closely leading into UFC 212 and Aldo and Holloway currently sit #1 and #2 in the latest featherweight MMA rankings.
Aldo is basically a living legend, the current featherweight champ and has lost once (to Conor McGregor) in the past 11 years. It’s fair to say he’ll enter as the easy favorite. We will want to keep a look out for the latest UFC 212 odds, but for now we’ll tentatively support Aldo with these odds:
Suffice to say, it’s looking to be an intense showdown and there isn’t a whole lot of wiggle room here. This is probably close to what you can expect to see at top betting sites like Bovada, BetOnline and others, as well.
Odds aside, of course, who actually wins this thing? Let’s dive into the specifics.
We’ve got ourselves quite the fight here. Not only is this a mega fight with two huge names and a title on the line, but this is a fight with two highly skilled and successful fighters. Sure, we’re lacking the mystique of a Rousey or the draw of The Notorious, but this fight has true substance and two truly elite MMA talents.
Needless to say, it’s going to be tough to call.
It will have been almost an entire year since we last saw Jose Aldo enter the Octagon, but he made out just fine with a nice Decision win over the ever feisty Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 last July. The long lay off could promote rust – and that could be trouble against someone as dangerous as Holloway – but a veteran like Aldo should be ready.
Remember, this is one of MMA’s most highly skilled fighters and he’s lost just once in the last 11 years. Aldo’s knockout loss to Conor McGregor back in 2015 at UFC 194 was iconic, but it was also in a very big way a fluke. Many feel that Aldo was a bit too aggressive and McGregor benefited from a lucky jab and then an illegal follow-up blow to the head.
Whatever the case, Aldo did lose that fight and he has to see it as a huge blemish to his record. Everything he does from this point on – at least in his mind – probably has the endgame being winning titles that lead to a rematch with McGregor.
The reality here is there aren’t many flaws that could prove to be detrimental on either side. Neither fighter prefers to take the fight to the ground, but if Holloway did try to get cute with some floor time, Aldo’s experience and superior takedown defense could give him an edge.
Aldo seems to win out across the board, too. He has shown over time he has impeccable timing, explosive KO ability, a more powerful punch and alternatively far better positioning and overall defense.
Of course, Holloway is close to matching Aldo in just about every measured skill. If Aldo has a clean sweep in the attribute department, it’s truly only by a hair. Holloway is a very dangerous striker, he picks his spots wisely, he doesn’t get knocked out and he isn’t afraid to go the distance in a fight.
In addition, Holloway does have some mild edges, as he’s slightly taller with a better reach, he’s younger and quicker and if he goes for it, he does have a slight upper hand when it comes to the floor game.
But the fight isn’t going there. For one, Aldo’s elite takedown defense makes it a silly direction for this fight, and both of these fighters prefer to stand up and battle. They both have iron jaws and love to set up combo punches and will simply need to pick their timing.
Ultimately, it is hard to envision a KO here. Both fighters are extremely disciplined and in such a huge fight, it’d be relatively shocking to see either make a huge mistake. We have seen Aldo do that in the past, but Holloway doesn’t have quite the knockout upside of a McGregor and Aldo generally is going to be the one delivering the beating, or at least absorbing one during a nice back-and-forth battle.
That’s what we’re headed for here in a fight that really has the look of a Decision. Aldo is the champ has bigger fish to fry, so while we love Holloway’s heart, skill and toughness, we think a tight one leads toward an Aldo win. And if a KO does go down here, it’s more likely Aldo delivers it.Top Searches - Trending Searches - New Articles - Top Articles - Trending Articles - Featured Articles - Top Members
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