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MMA - Nov 29, 2017

UFC 218: Max Holloway vs José Aldo 2

Will Aldo regain his dominance or will Holloway end this simmering dispute once and for all? Tune in to PPV to watch this must-see match and more riveting MMA action on December 2.

José Aldo desperately wanted a rematch with Max “Blessed” Holloway for the UFC featherweight title, and it’s going to happen much sooner than either man anticipated. An injury to Frankie Edgar has opened the door for Aldo (26-3-0) to step in, and the 31-year-old Brazilian will now have an opportunity for revenge when he faces Holloway (18-3-0) in the main event of UFC 218 on Saturday, December 2, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Aldo had already been training for a fight with Ricardo Lamas in December, so the schedule change simply moved up his fight preparations by two weeks.

Aldo and Holloway last squared off in a title unification bout at UFC 212 in June, with Holloway claiming sole possession of the featherweight championship with a third-round TKO of Aldo, in a hard-fought battle that earned “Fight of the Night” accolades from UFC.com.

Holloway currently sits fourth overall in UFC.com’s Pound-for-Pound Fighter Rankings, trailing only UFC luminaries Demetrious Johnson, Georges St-Pierre and Conor McGregor. The 25-year-old Hawaiian hasn’t set foot in the Octagon since defeating Aldo for the title in June and enters the night having won 11 straight fights dating back to January 2014. During this streak, Holloway has five wins by TKO, three by unanimous decision, one KO and two submission victories using his “guillotine choke” technique.

A two-time UFC featherweight champion, Aldo won 18 straight fights from 2006 to 2015, which included a five-year run as the titleholder that started in November 2009 when he was promoted to UFC champion. That came to an abrupt end in December 2015 when he was stunned by Conor McGregor just 13 seconds into UFC 194. Aldo regained the title seven months later at UFC 200 with a unanimous decision over Edgar, before losing to Holloway last June.

There are four additional fights on the UFC 218 main card at Detroit’s shiny new downtown arena, including a heavyweight rumble between Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (43-15-0) and Francis “The Predator” Ngannou (10-1-0), and a flyweight matchup pitting Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo (11-2-0) against Sergio Pettis (16-2-0).

Undefeated flyweight Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (18-0-0) puts his perfect record on the line against Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez (28-5-0), and Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres (9-1-0) faces Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (14-5-0) in a women’s strawweight fight featuring two of the sport’s best nicknames.

See UFC 218 live from Detroit on Saturday, December 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET (pre-show) and 10 p.m. ET (event start) on SportsnetTM Pay Per View on Channel 348 (HD) for $59.99 or on Channel 350 (SD) for $54.99 (in Hamilton on Channel 291 in HD or Channel 287 in SD). Ontario customers can also watch the event in French on Channel 349 (HD) for $59.99 and Channel 351 (SD) for $54.99.

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