UFC 218 is in the books and Max Holloway is still the undisputed featherweight champion.
He again stopped Jose Aldo in the third round after allowing the Brazilian to tire before ramping up the pressure and earning the stoppage win. Holloway’s striking, resilience and Octagon I.Q. are exceptional. He used a steady diet of straight punches to quickly prove his superiority in the fight.
By the third round, a winded Aldo was fighting on heart alone as Holloway’s strikes created the same type of cumulative punishment that led to his stoppage win over the former champion in June.
Originally, Frankie Edgar was supposed to be challenging Holloway for the title, but he suffered an injury and Aldo stepped in to replace him. Perhaps now Edgar will get the next crack at Holloway. As for Aldo, it’s time the future Hall of Famer seriously consider retirement.
He’s accomplished everything in the sport. Despite being just 31 years old, he is a shadow of what he once was as a fighter. There’s nothing else left for him to do but take beatings.
Ngannou Destroys Overeem in Co-Main Event
Rarely will you see a more savage and definitive one-punch KO. Francis Ngannou landed a sweeping left-hand hooker-cut squarely on Alistair Overeem’s chin and the Dutch heavyweight went to sleep.
Ngannou just punched his ticket (no pun intended) to a title shot against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. The champion should be concerned. Leading up to the fight, the UFC was pubbing Ngannou’s record-settting power.
The Cameroonian made good on the hype and some. The UFC has its next must-see star. All he needs is the title for the final validation. As good as Ngannou’s performance was, he did not earn a bonus. The UFC elected to give out two Fight of the Night bonuses instead of two POTN and one FOTN.
The attendance at the Little Ceasars Arena was 17,587 and the event produced a $2 million gate.
Here are all of the results, announcements and other coverage throughout the night. The results list is below with more analysis just beneath.
Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo (featherweight title fight) – Holloway def. Aldo via TKO (punches) Round 3, 4:51
Alistair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou (heavyweight bout) – Ngannou def. Overeem via KO (punch) Round 1, 1:42
Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis (flyweight bout) – Cejudo def. Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje (lightweight bout) – Alvarez def. Gaethje via KO (punches) – Round 3, 3:59
Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson (women’s strawweight bout) – Torres def. Waterson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-37)
Charles Oliveira vs. Paul Felder (lightweight bout) – Felder def. Oliveira via KO (elbows) – Round 2, 4:05
Alex Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros (welterweight bout) – Medeiros def. Oliveira via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:02
David Teymur vs. Drakkar Klose (lightweight bout) – Teymur def. Klose via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Felice Herrig vs. Courtney Casey (women’s strawweight bout) – Herrig def. Casey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Fight Pass Prelims
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi (welterweight bout) – Alhassan def. Homasi via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:40
Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes (light-heavyweight bout) – Reyes def. Kimball via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:38
Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder (heavyweight bout) – Willis def. Crowder via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:33
Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Mangana (women’s strawweight bout) – Cooper def. Mangana via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:34