UFC 212 Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway
In 2015 we saw what many thought we would never see, reigning UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, get dethroned. That wasn’t the worst part, it was how he lost. A 13-second starching from the Irishmen, Conor Mcgregor. Many men would have crumbled and been broken by such a loss, but not Aldo. He bounced back with a dominating unanimous decision over Frankie Edgar to capture the UFC Interim featherweight championship. Since the victory, Mcgregor moved up to win the UFC lightweight championship. Hence making Aldo the official featherweight champion at UFC 200.
Holloway last tasted defeat back in 2013, losing a unanimous decision to Conor Mcgregor. Since then Holloway has been on a tear, winning his last 10 bouts. With notable wins over Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens and Ricardo Lamas. Most Recently finishing former UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 to become UFC interim featherweight champion.
Even before winning the interim title, Holloway has been calling out Jose Aldo. Using the line, “where’s Aldo” (where’s Waldo reference), while Aldo was having problems with the UFC.
Now we are just days away from UFC 212, to see who is the King of the featherweight division. Will Aldo reign supreme in his home country or will the Hawaiin Holloway upset the Brazilian?
I can see this fight being mostly contested on the feet before someone gets rocked or feels the need to mix it up with a takedown. I do believe Hollway can hang and even threaten Aldo on the ground. Holloway’s ground game has drastically improved over the years and can be a problem for the Brazilian.
Co-main event Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Claudia Gadelha
Karolina started her UFC career with victories over Randa Markos, Heather Clark, and Rose Namajunas to earn a shot at reigning UFC women’s strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Losing a contested unanimous decision at UFC 205, putting the first blemish on the Polish’s record. Gadelha has also lost (twice) to the champion. Bouncing back with a unanimous decision win over Cortney Casey at UFC Fight Night 100.
Marlon Moraes makes his debut
Former World of Series Fighting bantamweight champion, Marlon Moraes, makes his much-anticipated Octagon debut. Moraes is jumping right into the deep end when he takes on top-ranked Raphael Assuncao. Moraes went a perfect 11-0 inside the WSOF, five of which were successful title defenses. Assuncao recently earned a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling at UFC on Fox 23.
UFC 212: Full Card
Featherweight: José Aldo (c) vs. Max Holloway (ic)
Women’s Strawweight: Cláudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt
Middleweight: Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Welterweight: Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros
Bantamweight: Raphael Assunção vs. Marlon Moraes
Middleweight: Antônio Carlos Júnior vs. Eric Spicely
Bantamweight: Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez
Bantamweight: Iuri Alcântara vs. Brian Kelleher