Jose Aldo v. Max Holloway
The main event of UFC 212 will determine the featherweight division’s undisputed champion as Jose Aldo welcomes the current interim champion, Max Holloway, into his homeland of Brazil for a title unification bout. This is a matchup between two of the division’s top fighters. Jose Aldo has always been at the top of the division and Max Holloway has proven that he has earned his spot in the division with a 10-fight winning streak dominating all of his opponents. It’s a very tough fight to pick given the fact that Aldo is an elite talent and Holloway has the volume, aggression and durability like no other fighter in the division. Max Holloway fights with full intentions of dominating his opponents. He invests his game into strikes to the body to break down his opponent to slow them down as the fight progresses which allows him to shine over his opponent in the later rounds. This can be problematic for Aldo who has shown to slow down in the championship rounds.
But the aggressive style of Max Holloway can work into Jose Aldo’s favor. Jose Aldo’s timing is impeccable, and was displayed in his last fight against the tough Frankie Edgar. With his timing, Aldo has devastating low kicks that can certainly slow down the forward pressure of Holloway which can possibly create openings for Aldo to attack or to move away from the onslaught of Max Holloway’s aggressive style.
It can be easy to write off Aldo after his 13-second loss to Conor McGregor. But he’s proven to be the best fighter at featherweight cleaning out his division. Although Max Holloway has a great deal of momentum on his side, he has yet to face the tough competition that Aldo has faced against fighters like Frankie Edgar, and Chad Mendes.
This fight can really go either way but I’m leaning towards Aldo to get the win on the judges’ scorecards.
Johnny Eduardo v. Matthew Lopez
Johnny Eduardo is a muay thai specialist fighting out of the same camp as current featherweight champ, Jose Aldo. In his last fight he showed excellent leg kicks and striking ability when he finished the heavy-handed Manny Gamburyan. The striking of Matthew Lopez is not great. He found himself in trouble when he got knocked down in the first round of his last fight against Mitch Gagnon who had return to the octagon after a long layoff. Lopez will look to use his wrestling to win this fight. If Johnny Eduardo can avoid getting taken down by Matthew Lopez, he can surely outpoint Matthew Lopez on the feet for the win.
Iuri Alcantara v. Brian Kelleher
Iuri Alcantara meets Brian Kelleher who is stepping in on short notice. This will be Brian Kelleher’s UFC debut and his first time competing in over a year. The short notice against a high level opponent on foreign land can make this more difficult for the newcomer. Alcantara will have the advantage in both the striking and ground game over Kelleher. Iuri Alcantara is definitely the better fighter with more experience in this matchup and should get the win over Brian Kelleher in front of his home crowd.