UFC 212 Recap: Max Holloway, Max Value in Brazil

Jason Lake

Sunday, June 4, 2017 6:29 PM UTC

Sunday, Jun. 4, 2017 6:29 PM UTC

Jose Aldo was the favorite on the UFC odds board, but Max Holloway is the new Featherweight champion after beating the tar our of Aldo in front of his own fans. 

There’s a new sheriff in town. Max Holloway shocked the world Saturday night at UFC 212, beating Jose Aldo in the third round of their Featherweight title unification bout. Holloway was the interim champion and a +130 underdog on the UFC odds board, taking on the Brazilian legend in front of a packed house in Rio de Janeiro, but after absorbing two rounds of Aldo’s punishment, Holloway came out firing in Round 3. There wouldn’t be a Round 4; referee John McCarthy called it a TKO for the new champ at 4:13.

This was a tough pill to swallow for the home fans. Aldo (–150) won the first two rounds, but Holloway was aggressive throughout, and he landed some good shots in the second round, causing a hematoma to form on the side of Aldo’s head. The third round was all Holloway; he knocked Aldo to the canvas, mounted him, and beat the holy crap out of him until McCarthy stopped the fight. Holloway was priced as high as +580 to win by KO/TKO.

Wai’anae Think of That

Holloway wasn’t the only Hawaiian who got his hand raised Saturday night. The main card kicked off with Yancy Medeiros (–140) scoring a second-round TKO over Brazil’s Erick Silva in the Welterweight division. Then it was three straight wins for the home country, including the return of Vitor Belfort to the Octagon at the age of 40.

Belfort (–190), who was rumored to be contemplating retirement after not winning a match since 2015, was given a relatively easy assignment against Nate Marquardt, the former Pancrase Middleweight and Strikeforce Welterweight champion who’d gone 3-6 since re-joining the UFC. However, Belfort needed some favorable judging to win by unanimous decision, 29-28 on all three scorecards.

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WTF! 3 blind mice scoring the fight 😡😠 #ufc212nocombate

— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) June 4, 2017

This was the first time since 2007 that a Belfort fight went the distance, so if you had that outcome at +450 in your UFC picks, the next round’s on you. Meet us at the bar next week for Fight Night 110 in New Zealand, where Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt will smash into each other in the main event. Until then, may the Octagon be with you.

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