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The MMA World Reacts To UFC 218’s Absolutely Insane Night Of Fights

The MMA world reacts to UFC 218, a card that managed to turn into one of the most insane nights of the year so far.

How good was that!

UFC 218 was tasked with following up the now-legendary Madison Square Garden fight-card that was UFC 217 and though perhaps it was a night that was lacking the glitz and glamour that, of course, came with having three different titles contested in one sitting, the resulting event was stacked top-to-bottom with vicious finishes, all-out wars and pretty much everything else that makes this sport so special.

A late contender (and some might argue, front-runner) for the Fight of the Year award was contested between Yancy Medeiros and Alex Oliveira before the main-card even began, and though it was the Hawaiian Medeiros whose hand was raised, ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira proved his mettle beyond any doubt and will be remembered for quite some time for his part in what was a truly unique contest.

It’s funny how many had written off any other Fight of the Night candidates as soon as that epic encounter was through, but in the ‘people’s main event’, Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez both gave absolutely everything they had to deliver a showdown that had all of the guts, gore and grit necessary to pretty much force the UFC to bring out another FOTN bonus, something that both of these guys completely deserved.

If there were two certainties going into last night’s event that you would feel comfortable betting your house on, the first would be that the aforementioned lightweight showdown between Gaethje and Alvarez would deliver on every level and the second would be that the heavyweight title-eliminator between Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou would be brutal, and boy was it brutal.

And then finally, in the main-event of the evening, Max Holloway managed to put his status as the 145lb champ beyond all doubt and in doing so, has made a pretty strong argument for himself as the greatest featherweight to ever do it. It was a beautifully put-together performance from the Hawaiian and with this latest victory, he manages to push his win-streak to twelve, putting him in an elite category that is home to only the likes of Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Demetrious Johnson and Anderson Silva.

Overall, there were a lot of talking points that emerged from last night and though again, UFC 217 was something that was a completely unique and special, UFC 218 managed to provide us with some of the most memorable moments we’ve seen all year.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]