UFC 218 Preview – Rematch in the Motor City

UFC 218 in industrial Detroit, Michigan is home to the rematch between Featherweight Champion Max Holloway and Featherweight great Jose Aldo. Also, rising heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou faces the very tough Alistair Overeem as he makes his way back up the ladder for a title shot.

Max Holloway (-290) Vs Jose Aldo (+250)

This fight is gonna be a tough one for Max. Originally, Max was training to face Frankie Edgar. Unfortunately, Frankie broke his orbital bone during training and had to pull out, so the opponent is now Jose Aldo, who Max defeated in June. In June, when they fought at UFC 212, people were very surprised when Jose wasn’t throwing any of his lethal leg kicks at Max when Jose’s team said that he would be utilizing those strikes before the fight. I rewatched their fight at UFC 212 and Max weathered his early storm, losing the first round, but then winning the second and putting him away by TKO in the third. I believe that if Jose utilizes leg kicks, then he will get this fight to a decision. However, Leg Kicks do not usually score that well in the judge’s eyes. I think Max will win by decision this time if Jose kicks those legs. If he doesn’t I think it will be a 2nd round TKO victory for Max. Max Holloway Def. Jose Aldo

Francis Ngannou (-250) Vs. Alistair Overeem (+210)

If there is a fight this year in which someone could legitimately die than I believe this is the one. In Francis’ ten wins he has finished all of them and none of them ever came later than the end of the second round. The French Transport has been pushed by the UFC more than any other heavyweight in recent memory and only matches fighters like Conor, Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson in potential star-making. Alistair Overeem is no slouch however, he has won his last two fights since his title fight loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 203. He had a Brutal KO win over Mark Hunt and took Fabricio Werdum the distance (Honestly thought that fight was a draw). With a win, Overeem probably gets himself another title shot, and If Overeem loses that fight, he might retire. I think that Alistair has taken too much of a beating over his career and if Francis, who is the WORLD RECORD HOLDER FOR PUNCHING POWER connects, then Alistair will fall. Francis Ngannou Def. Alistair Overeem

Henry Cejudo (-280) Vs. Sergio Pettis (+240)

In the Flyweight division, fighters are always talking about how it’s their time, how they are gonna be the one to dethrone Demetrious. Neither of these fighters will dethrone him at least not at this point in their careers. I believe that Henry Cejudo will grind out a wrestling-based victory in this battle. In his last fight, he held the advantage standing up and KO’ed Wilson Reis. This time Sergio has the advantage standing up and therefore Cejudo will resort to his bread and butter in wrestling to take the victory. Henry Cejudo Def. Sergio Pettis

Eddie Alvarez (+165) Vs. Justin Gaethje (-185)

Last time Justin Gaethje fought, I said that his experience in WSOF would not translate to the UFC and boy was I wrong. During that fight, Gaethje put on a Fight of the Year contending fight against Michael Johnson. I believe that his fight against Eddie Alvarez will be just a tick less exciting, but will still be a barnburner. Eddie Alvarez seemed to be losing his last fight against Dustin Poirier until accidental illegal strikes ended what could have been a Fight of the Night performance because that fight was incredible. I think that Eddie is kind of overrated though and therefore, I will be picking “The Highlight” Justin Gaethje to take the victory. Justin Gaethje Def. Eddie Alvarez

Other Selections

Tecia Torres (-240) Def. Michelle Waterson (+200)

Charles Oliveira (-120) Def. Paul Felder (+100)

Alex Oliveira (-230) Def. Yancy Medeiros (+190)

David Teymur (-185) Def. Drakkar Klose (+165)

Felice Herrig (-135) Def. Cortney Casey (+115)

Amanda Cooper (-430) Def. Angela Magana (+350)

Abdul Razak Alhassan (-240) Def. Sabah Homasi (+200)

Dominick Reyes (-440) Def. Jeremy Kimball (+350) Mortal Lock

Allen Crowder (+175) Def. Justin Willis (-200)

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