UFC 218: Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar
Preview – Holloway and Edgar Set to Thrown Down in UFC Title Bout, Undercard Looks Attractive As Well!
Following this past weekend’s absolutely thrilling UFC 217 card that was highlighted by Georges St. Pierre’s stunning choke-hold finish victory over Michael Bisping, UFC 218 looks like it will be hard-pressed to match the most recently completed UFC event.
However, UFC 218 actually has the look and feel of a card that could rival the excitement of the UFC 217 thriller that saw three new champions crowned. The UFC 218 card features five main card bouts, highlighted by the headline featherweight championship bout between Max “Blessed” Holloway and challenger Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.
Now, let’s take a look at each main card matchup.
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: at Little Cesar’s Arena, Detroit, MI
Max “Blessed” Holloway (18-3-0) vs. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (21-5-1)
Max Holloway -210
Frankie Edgar +175
In the main event, featherweight champion Max “Blessed” Holloway will defend his title against Frankie “The Answer” Edgar in what looks like a thriller just waiting to happen. The 25-year-old champ from Hawaii has won 11 consecutive fights since losing to Conor McGregor via unanimous decision back in 2013. His third round TKO title win over Jose Aldo at UFC 212 in June made him the undisputed featherweight champion.
However, Holloway will undoubtedly have to put on a stellar performance to dispatch 36-year-old veteran Frankie Edgar (22-5-1). The former lightweight champion enters UFC 218 having won two straight bouts and seven of eight overall including his UFC 211 second round TKO win over Yair Rodriguez in May.
While this bout might look like a virtual lock for the much younger reigning champ, Edgar has pulled off incredible victories several times in his career when many critics and doubters predicted virtual ‘lock’ losses. Both of these fighters have fantastic footwork, above average speed with their hands and an aggressive nature that means this bout almost assuredly won’t end in a decision finish.
While Edgar would love to get this fight on the ground and is excellent at getting his opponents on the mat, fight fans and betting enthusiasts should know about this matchup is that no fighter has been able to take down Holloway in his last eight fights.
Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (43-15-0) vs. Francis “The Predator” Ngannou (10-1)
In the co-main event, red-hot heavyweight Francis “The Predator” Ngannou will look to extend his impressive nine-fight winning streak when he takes on veteran big man Alistair Overeem.
UFC President UFC President Dana White has already gone on record to say that Ngannou is the next big thing in the UFC and he undeniably wants the Cameroon native to win and win in the same impressive fashion in which he’s finished off every fight he’s faced except one. Ngannou has plenty of raw power to knock his opponents out, but he can also submit opponents with ease, generally after rocking them with some vicious blows. He enters UFC 218 coming off a first round TKO (punches) win over Andrei Arlovski at UFC on FOX: Shevchenko vs. Pena in January and has never gone to the third round in his career.
Still , he’ll likely have his hands full in trying to dispatch 37-year-old veteran Alistair Overeem. The veteran Dutchman has done just about everything and anything that can be accomplished inside the Octagon – except win a championship belt. Overeem has won two straight bouts including his decision win over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 213 in July. He’s a well-rounded fighter that has recorded 19 of his career wins via KO and an identical 19 via submission. Overeem also has plenty of knockout power, but he’s also the only fighter in this bout with a suspect chin!
Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo (11-2) vs. Sergio Pettis (16-2)
30-year-old Mexican Henry Cejudo snapped a two-fight losing streak by beating Wilson Reis at UFC 215 in September while 24-year-old Milwaukee native Sergio Pettis has won four straight including his unanimous decision win over Brandon Moreno at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno in August. This flyweight matchup is being looked at as a title-eliminator in the 125-pound division, so both will be laying it all on the line as they look to move one step closer to a title shot.
Cejudo has already let it be known that he wants a rematch against Demetrious Johnson, after suffering an embarrassing first-round TKO loss to the reigning champ at UFC 197 in April 2016.
“I’m the one (to defeat Johnson),” Cejudo said. “I know I’m the one. I have the style, I have the wrestling. I know I’m the one to beat Demetrious Johnson. No disrespect to these fighters, no disrespect to any of them. Anybody has that fighter’s chance, but I believe I have the style to eventually beat him, and I truly do believe that.”
While Cejudo is talking the talk, he didn’t look overly impressive in his split decision loss against Joseph Benavidez in his first fight following that loss to Johnson at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale last December.
Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez (28-5) vs. Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (18-0)
33-year-old Philadelphia native and former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is looking to get back in the win column after suffering a TKO loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 205 last November and then getting involved in a No Contest matchup after lading a series of illegal knees to Dustin Poirier’s head after his opponent was down at UFC 211 in May.
Alvarez will be facing another fighter that Dana White is looking to market as “the next big thing” in undefeated lightweight Justin Gaethje, a 28-year-old native of Arizona that has won his last five fights in stunning TKO or KO style. Gaethje finished off Michael Johnson at The Ultimate Fighter 25 in July via a second round TKO (punches and knees) in a Performance of the Night outing and will look to take the next step toward what looks like a sure-fire title bout in the very near future.
Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres (9-1) vs. Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (14-5)
28-year-old Massachusetts native Tecia Torres has won two straight bouts including her dominating Performance of the Night submission win (rear-naked choke) over Juliana Lima at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption event in July. She’ll take on veteran strawweight fighter Michelle Waterson. The 31-year old Waterson who hails from Colorado, is looking to bounce back from her UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Reis submission (rear-naked choke) loss in April.
UFC 218 Holloway vs Edgar
When: December 2, 2017
Where: Detroit, Michigan
Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis
Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje
Tecia Torres vs Michelle Waterson