Here are the MMA betting lines for UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2, not just the eponymous title match but the rest of the first half of the main card as well. Holloway is on a 11-fight winning streak which includes defeating Anthony Pettis by TKO at UFC 206 on December 10, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to win the interim UFC Featherweight Championship, and beating Aldo also by TKO at UFC 212 on June 3rd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to unify the UFC Featherweight Championship in the Fight of the Night. Holloway’s last four straight fights have gone to three rounds.
Aldo has lost two of his last three bouts, with both losses being for the belt, to Connor McGregor by fast-as-lightning KO in the first round at UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, and, as mentioned above, to Holloway. People who bet on UFC want to know, why does Aldo keep getting title shots (or just titles, like when he Milli Vinillied his way to McGregor’s featherweight championship last year).
- UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2
- Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Date: December 2, 2017
- Venue: Little Caesars Arena
- City: Detroit, Michigan
- Online Sportsbook UFC Bet Odds:
Jose Aldo 2½ (-165) +260
Max Holloway 2½ (+145) -320
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Overeem has bounced back from losing the UFC Heavyweight Championship to Stipe Miocic by KO at UFC 203 on 10 September 2016 in Cleveland with back-to-back wins, over Mark Hunt by KO at UFC 209 on March 4th and over Fabricio Werdum by decision at UFC 213 on July 8th, both times in the third round.
The upstart Ngannou has improved his professional record to 10-1is undefeated in five UFC fights, the last two of which have earned Performance of the Night honours, against Anthony Hamilton (submission) at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov on December 9, 2016 in Albany, and, most notably, over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, via TKO at UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña on January 28th in Denver. Ngannou’s last three straight fights ended in the first round.
- MMA betting lines:
Alistair Overeem 1½ (+110) +210
Francis Ngannou 1½ (-130) -250
UFC 218 card: Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis preview – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight elites Hen… https://t.co/1AH9TmFupO
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Cejudo followed up his first career loss with a second, but rebounded with a Performance of the Night KO win over Wilson Reis in the second round at UFC 215 on September 9th in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.
Pettis has won his last four fights straight to improve his UFC record to 7-2 (16-2 overall). Pettis would like to step out of the shadow big brother Anthony, who, luckily, doesn’t cast as big a shade these days. ““I definitely used to let that play into my head in the beginning of my career – ‘I’ve got to be Anthony,’ but it’s hard to be that guy, man,” Sergio said. “I keep to my game plan, no emotions and just focus on the goal – go out there and flow – and I’m getting better and better at it. I had to grow into myself.”
- MMA betting lines:
Sergio Pettis – 2½ (-280) +240
Henry Cejudo – 2½ (+240) -280