UFC 218 will be the first time in 7 years that the organisation will put on an event in Detroit in the newly built Little Caesars Arena. Here is the main card breakdown.
(Women’s Strawweight) Tecia Torres vs Michelle Waterson: We start off the main card with what could be the first opponent for the newly crowned champion Rose Namajuanes. Both women have fought the current champion and have both lost however Torres has a win over Namajuanes which she picked up back in Invicta. Torres is known for her striking and submission defence excelling in going the distance. Waterson has more experience than Torres and is well known for her ground game. So if we want to see the Namajuanes/Torres rubber match, Torres will need to stay off the ground.
(Lightweight) Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje: This has the potential to be fight of the night. Alvarez wants to get back to winning ways, ever since his loss to current lightweight champion Conor McGregor he was also unfortunate in his last bout against Dustin Poirier. It was ruled a NC as Alvarez kicked Poirier while he was a downed opponent. Gaethje is a new addition to the UFC roster. He is undefeated and in his UFC debut, he got a win over Michael Johnson aswell as picking up a Performance and Fight of the Night accolade also. Both men are knockout artists so this could also pick up a KO of the night.
(Flyweight) Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis: Another potential title decider. Henry Cejudo is an Olympic Gold Medallist in freestyle wrestling who has great cardio and is a good striker. He was unfortunate against champion Demetrious Johnson losing in the first round and then had a scrappy fight losing to Joseph Benavidez. He is trying to get back into the title picture but he faces probably the only legit fighter in the division who has not stepped into an octagon with the champion yet. If Pettis can pick up a win here, he will most likely be next in line for Johnson, that is if Johnson doesn’t go up to the bantamweight division. This fight will most likely go to the judges.
(Heavyweight) Alistair Overeem vs Francis Ngannou: This should be a slugfest. Both men are good strikers and both are good on the ground. Ngannou has a lot of momentum not been undefeated in 4 years, he also has a slight height and reach advantage over Overeem. Aswell as that, he is the hardest puncher in the world. However, Overeem has a lot more experience and is coming of the back of 2 wins over Mark Hunt and former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. In his MMA career, the man holds 19 KO’s, 19 Submissions and 5 decisions. There is not a lot of people who can say that aswell as been a Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 champion.
(Main Event) (Featherweight Championship) Max Holloway(c) vs Jose Aldo: Originally it was meant to be Holloway vs Frankie Edgar however Edgar was forced to withdraw citing injury. He was replaced by former 2 time champion Jose Aldo. These 2 men main evented UFC 212 and earned the accolade of fight of the night. Holloway was the victor. Who would’ve guessed that his first title defence would be against Aldo. Holloway has won his last 11 fights and has been on a role in MMA. Aldo has become a bit disenfranchised with the sport. He used to be pound 4 pound #1 and was the man for a long time. After his 13 second loss to Conor McGregor and not getting a chance at a rematch, he doesn’t seem to care anymore. Hopefully, this will not be the last time we see him and hopefully he will have the hunger to become 3 time featherweight champion.