Max Holloway looked to defend his UFC featherweight title for the first time last night (Sat., Dec. 2, 2017) at UFC 218 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich., when he met former champion Jose Aldo in a main event rematch. “Blessed” had beaten Aldo via TKO back in June.
Aldo did what he said he was going to do and launched heavy leg kicks early, which opened up windows for his hands. Holloway responded with stiff jabs and great head movement. That was until Aldo landed a huge uppercut on “Blessed” before the end of the first round. Aldo went back to the leg kick to begin Round 2, which really started to show on the champ’s thighs. Holloway seemed unfazed, though, as he continuously stalked Aldo and threw combinations from range.
In Round 3, Holloway picked the pace up as Aldo began to breathe heavy out of his mouth. Aldo willingly exchanged with “Blessed” in the pocket, but Holloway’s chin absorb every ounce of damage. Holloway took advantage and blasted Aldo with countless combinations to the body and the head, as Aldo muscled out a few heavy counter shots before desperately shooting for a takedown. Once on the ground, Holloway proceeded to rain down heavy punches that bloodied Aldo’s face and forced referee Herb Dean to step in for the TKO stoppage.
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With this performance, Holloway locks up yet another third-round knockout victory over the greatest featherweight of all time. The champ pushes his current win streak to 12 as he’s quickly showing dominance atop a stacked 145-pound division. It’s safe to say that the reign of Max Holloway has officially jumped off.
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