UFC 212: Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway
UFC 212 takes place on Saturday, June 3 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The main event has Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo battling America’s Max Holloway. Will Aldo take it to the American in his home nation?
Before getting into the main event, I want to go over some of the other fights on the card. Every fight is Brazil versus the U.S. Check the 5 biggest fights at UFC 212!
Erick Silva 19-7-0, 1 NC vs Yancy Madeiros 13-4-0, 1 NC
Based on sheer size, American Yancy Madeiros could be in some trouble versus Brazil’s Erick Silva. Silva is taller by 2 inches. He figures to outweigh Madeiros by at least 15 pounds on fight night.
But, Madeiros prevents takedowns over 86% of the time. The reason that’s important is because Silva is one of those classic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters. He’d prefer to grapple on the ground than strike in the stand-up. Silva lands less than 3 significant strikes per minute while Madeiros lands over 4 per minuts.
Whichever fighter’s style wins out, wins this battle.
Paulo Borrachinha 9-0-0 vs Oluwale Bamgbose 6-2-0
Bamgbose has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights. He’s a stand-up fighter that has no ground game to speak of. It’s going to be almost impossible for Bamgbose to beat Paulo Borrachinha.
The 22-year-old Borrachinha is one of UFC’s best young fighters. He’s won every single one of his 9 fights by first round KO. Since Bamgbose doesn’t have much defense, and should stand right in front of Borrachinha, the young Brazilian has the edge.
1 Claudia Gadelha 13-2-0 vs 2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz 10-1-0
This should be one of the most entertaining fights of the evening. Karolina Kowalkiewicz is a classic banger. She’s in the mold of old school boxers like Joe Frazier and Jake LaMotta in the sense that she keeps coming forward.
Kowaliewicz lost her last fight in a 5-Round Unanimous Decision. Joanna Jedrzejczyk outstruck Karolina 171 to 50. Lopsided? Yes. But, Karolina didn’t quit. Not only did she not quit, she didn’t get knocked out.
I think she gives Gadlha all that she can handle. I can’t wait for this fight!
7 Anderson Silva 34-8-0, 1 NC vs TBD
Silva threatened to retire if UFC didn’t put him on the main card. Well, Anderson got his wish. He’s on the main card. The problem with his wish is that Dana White hasn’t found the right fighter to match Anderson up with.
It all depends on what UFC wants from Silva. He’s now 42-years-old. He can still get the job done, though, as evidenced by his unanimous decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208.
If Dana wants to highlight the greatest fighter to ever come out of Brazil, heck, maybe, the greatest MMA fighter ever, he’ll put Anderson in the Octagon with a fighter of Brunson’s skills. I’m guessing, that’s what White’s going to do.
To many MMA fans, Anderson is the Muhammad Ali of the sport. Who knows when is last fight’s going to be? I think it’s important he goes out on top, or, at least, doesn’t get killed, if his last fight is at UFC 212.
C Jose Aldo 26-2-0 vs 1 Max Holloway 17-3-1
Yes, Aldo beat Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision in his last fight. But, Holloway hasn’t lost since 2013 when he went the distance, a full 3 rounds, with Conor McGregor.
I think Holloway goes into this battle as the much sharper fighter. My gut tells me that Holloway, who’s 5 years younger than Aldo at 25, can hang in this matchup. Right now, I’m willing to throw a couple of bucks on Holloway to get it done.
I’m just not sure that Aldo’s been active enough in the past 2 to 3 years to beat a fighter of Max Holloway’s caliber. This should truly be a match worthy of being called a main event!
Event: UFC 212: "Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway"
Date: Saturday, Jun 3, 2017, on pay-per-view (PPV)
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Claudia GAdelha vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Paulo Borrachinha vs Oluwale Bamgbose
Erick Silva vs Yancy Medeiros
Vitor Belfort def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision.
Claudia Gadelha def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via sub (RNC) (R1, 3:03).
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose via second-round TKO (1:06).
Yancy Medeiros def. Erick Silva via second-round TKO (2:01).