Thursday, June 1, 2017

The excitement leading up to UFC 212

This Saturday night, a championship unification bout between the interim UFC Featherweight Champion, Max Holloway, and the UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo will happen. Also, the co-main event of the evening will be a title contention in the women's strawweight division. 

Main Event

Before losing to the current Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor back in December 2015, Jose Aldo was undefeated for eight years and captured seventeen professional wins. In his last bout at UFC 200, Aldo looked incredible against a former titleholder, Frankie Edgar. His opponent, Hawaiian native, Max "Blessed" Holloway has earned impressive wins over top UFC fighters such as Ricardo Lamas, Cub Swanson, and Charles Oliveira among others. Holloway's last loss was also against McGregor back in 2013, but since then he has gathered nine straight victories. This Saturday, Holloway will be entering enemy's territory in Aldo's country of Brazil. 

Co-main Event 

The co-headliner is a possible title contention between two top strawweight fighters, #1 Cláudia Gadelha and #2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Despite their losses against current UFC Women's Strawweight Champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, both competitors have established themselves in this highly competitive division. Throughout her career, Brazilian mixed martial artist, Cláudia Gadelha, has secured 14 wins out of 16 MMA bouts. Before losing to Jedrzejczyk in November 2016, Polish mixed martial artist, Karolina Kowalkiewicz went 10-0 since competing professionally 
in 2012. 

UFC Debut 

Former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) Bantamweight Champion, Marlon Moraes will be making his UFC debut in his country which will air on the FS1 prelims. I had the honor to watch Moraes live at WSOF NYC in December 2016 where he defended his title against Josenaldo Silva. He remained undefeated during his four-year run in the organization, captured the inaugural WSOF Bantamweight Championship, and successfully defended it five times. 

Main Card Predictions:

Max Holloway
Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Nate Marquardt
Paulo Borrachinha
Erick Silva

Fight On!

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