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UFC 218 ‘Holloway vs. Aldo 2’ updated fight card

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The bad news — it was announced last week that Frankie Edgar has been removed from UFC 218’s main event due to injury. The good news —  former 2-time UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has been tapped to replace Edgar on short notice, making the new main event a rematch of Holloway and Aldo’s riveting UFC 212 title bout.

After an 18-0 run that spanned nearly a decade, Aldo cemented himself as the number one P4P fighter in the world before the 13-second counter left hook heard round the world put a huge crater in the Brazilan’s legacy. Aldo would get right back on track the following summer at UFC 200 by dominating Frankie Edgar for the second time to capture the Interim Featherweight title. 

While Aldo would hope to unify the titles in a rematch with McGregor, the Irishman would eventually leave the division leaving Aldo as the undisputed champion for the second time in his career. The following summer, Aldo would suffer his second loss in three fights at UFC 212 where he would drop the title to Holloway on his home court in Rio de Janeiro via a 3rd round TKO.

There would be no talk of Aldo losing via a “lucky punch” on this night like there was following the McGregor fight. Aldo looked great early, even taking the first two rounds on the judges scorecards. However, Aldo would slow in the third, where he’d find himself being outstruck 88-8 before referee John McCarthy would be forced to call a halt to the action. 

At just 25-years-old with 14 wins under the UFC banner, Holloway represents the young new breed of killers that we’ve seen enter the UFC over the past half decade. These fighters grew up training in all facets of the game making them the most dangerous and most complete crop of talent yet. Factor that in with Holloway’s desire to actually remain at 145 lbs to defend his title and you have a fighter who may just end up as one of the greatest champions the sport has ever seen when it’s all said and done. All he has to do is beat the greatest featherweight of all-time twice in one calendar year. 

Does Aldo have what it takes to become a 3-time UFC champion? Or will Max Holloway lead the ‘Blessed’ era into 2018 and beyond? All of these questions will be answered when these two meet on December 2nd in Detroit for the UFC’s penultimate PPV of 2017. Check out the finalized card in full below.

Main Card (PPV – 10 p.m. ET)

Featherweight Championship Bout
Max Holloway (c) (18-3) vs. Jose Aldo (26-3)

Heavyweight Co-Main Event
Alistair Overeem (43-15) vs. Francis Ngannou (10-1)

Flyweight Bout
Henry Cejudo (11-2) vs. Sergio Pettis (16-2)

Lightweight Bout
Eddie Alvarez (28-5) vs. Justin Gaethje (18-0)

Strawweight Bout
Tecia Torres (9-1) vs. Michelle Waterson (14-5)

Preliminary Card (FS1 – 8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight Bout
Paul Felder (14-3) vs. Charles Oliveira (22-7)

Welterweight Bout
Alex Oliveira (16-4-1) vs. Yancy Medeiros (14-4)

Lightweight Bout
David Teymur (6-1) vs. Drakkar Klose (8-0-1)

Women’s Strawweight Bout
Felice Herrig (13-6) vs. Cortney Casey (7-4)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass – 6:15 p.m. ET)

Welterweight Bout
Sabah Homsai (11-6) vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan (5-0)

Light Heavyweight Bout
Jeremy Kimball (15-6) vs. Dominick Reyes (7-0)

Heavyweight Bout
Justin Willis (5-1) vs. Allen Crowder (6-2)

Women’s Strawweight Bout
Angela Magana (11-8) vs. Amanda Bobby Cooper (2-3)

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