This Saturday, Jose Aldo and Max Holloway will set the future of the featherweight division in an important title unification match. Should champion Jose Aldo win, we could be set for another long reign from the all-time great. But if interim titleholder Max Holloway can seal the deal, there would be a lot of new options for the young Hawaiian
Let’s take a deeper look into the most competitive division in the world. Remember, you can bet on your favorite fighters with the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu.
Weight Limit: 145 pounds
Average Height: 68.8” (5’8.8”)
Average Reach: 70.3” (5’10.3”)
Current UFC Rankings (As of June 1, 2017)
Champion: Jose Aldo
1. Max Holloway (Interim Champion)
2. Frankie Edgar
3. Ricardo Lamas
4. Cub Swanson
5. Chan Sung Jung
6. Anthony Pettis
7. Yair Rodriguez
8. Jeremy Stephens
9. Charles Oliveira
10. Brian Ortega
11. Dennis Bermudez
12. Renato Carneiro
13. Darren Elkins
14. Dooho Choi
15. Renan Barao
This is one of the most exciting divisions in all the UFC. Jose Aldo, the featherweight GOAT, is just 30 years old and still an athletic freak of nature. The interim champ, Max Holloway, is just 25 and a stud who will terrorize 145 for years to come. There are elite veterans in Frankie Edgar, Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens. And young guys like Charles Oliveira, Yair Rodriguez and Doo Ho Choi are rapidly improving. The Korean Zombie is also coming back soon!
Fighters To Watch
Forgot about Frankie Edgar? He reminded us at UFC 211 just how good he is with an all-out destruction of hotshot prospect Yair Rodriguez. If Holloway manages to upset Aldo, you can be sure “The Answer” is next in line.
Fan favorite Korean Zombie will meet No. 3 ranked Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214. This fight’s gonna be a ton of fun - what Zombie fight isn’t? But more importantly, the winner of this fight takes a seat right behind Edgar in the contender line
MMA Odds and End
The UFC odds at BookMaker.eu show Jose Aldo as the rightful favorite going into the matchup. The Brazilian’s money line is -145, with Holloway a slight underdog at +115. The close money lines are a testament to how good Holloway is, as he’s going up against the featherweight GOAT in his prime. Aldo’s only loss in over 10 years came against the Conor McGregor - who we can all agree has special power. Holloway doesn’t have the same luxury as the Irishman.
Best Striker: Jose Aldo. There are a number of awesome stand up artists, but none put it all together like the Brazilian. Blindingly fast and dangerously explosive, Aldo is a Muay Thai machine who can turn the lights out with any limb.
Best Prospects: Yair Rodriguez and Doo Ho Choi. Rodriguez is just 24 years old and still green, but his wild, unpredictable style and endless cardio has him rising up the ranks quickly - he’s already ridiculously fun to watch. Equally entertaining is Doo Ho Choi, a punishing knockout artist whose 2016 war with Cub Swanson was one of the best fights of the year.
Grittiest Dudes: Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar. Swanson has a penchant for getting into bloody dogfights. Nobody is better at baiting opponents into brawls. Edgar is an elite fighter who is all heart. He’s almost always the smaller fighter in a matchup, yet somehow overcomes his size disadvantage with remarkable durability and willpower.
The Greatest: Jose Aldo, hands down. Though he was flatlined by McGregor in just 13 seconds, prior to that defeat he was the only featherweight champion the UFC had ever known. HIs reign spanned nearly five years, and at one point the Brazilian had won 11 straight in WEC/UFC contests.
The Future of FeatherweightThis is one of the best-positioned divisions in the UFC. It’s highly competitive, yet the GOAT is still active and in his prime. There are entertaining fights to be made all over the top 15, and a number of strong present and future title contenders. Passing over these “little guys” would be a big mistake.
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