All fighters have weighed in successfully (just about) and UFC 218 is all systems go.
Max Holloway defends his featherweight title in an immediate rematch against former champ Jose Aldo in the main event in Detroit. While both fighters looked gaunt at this morning’s official weigh-ins, with Aldo appearing visibly in extreme discomfort, both made the 145 lbs limit, giving Saturday’s eagerly anticipated matchup the go-ahead.
The stacked card also includes a heavyweight showdown between Alastair Overeem and the powerful prospect Francis Ngannou as well as an Eddie Alvarez-Justin Gaethje lightweight scrap which has fight of the night written all over it.
While Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar was the initial headline bout set for this card, the latter was forced to pull out due to a facial injury picked in a sparring session which requires surgery.
Aldo jumped at the opportunity to get back in there with Max, having lost out via third-round TKO when the pair clashed in a 145 lbs title unification bout at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro back in June. Saturday night represents a chance for the Brazilian to claim the belt back and in doing so enter his third reign as the featherweight champion of the UFC.
Holloway has not lost since succumbing to a unanimous decision defeat to Conor McGregor back in 2013 and since then has gone on a remarkable run of blazing through the division. The frightening thing for Aldo is, each time he steps into the Octagon he seems to have improved.
Check out the latest episode of Embedded to get you pumped.
Note Max’s rip-off of Floyd Mayweather’s infamous “hard work,” “dedication” chant as he mimics the legendary boxer’s punch-bag training style at the beginning of the vlog.