UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3-0) retained his crown with a convincing third-round TKO of former champion Jose Aldo (26-4-0) in the main event of UFC 218 in Detroit yesterday.

As in their first fight, Holloway took all of Aldo’s best shots and pressured the champion with his striking, ramping up the pace in the third frame. Aldo did land more of his patented leg kicks , but the pace seemed to affect his cardio, as he could not keep up with the man who took his title at UFC 212.

Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje, Yancy Mederios and Alex Oliveira earned Fight-of-the-Night awards and a $50,000 USD bonus apiece. There also were some unofficial discretionary bonuses awarded by Dana White, including Francis Ngannou for his devastating knockout of Alistair Overeem.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts.

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS 

JUSTIN WILLIS VS. ALLEN CROWDER 

WINNER: JUSTIN WILLIS VIA TKO R1 2:33

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JUSTIN WILLIS VIA TKO

Andrews: Willis went for it and got the left hook to drop Crowder. Excellent win for “Big Pretty.”JEREMY KIMBALL VS. DOMINICK REYES 

WINNER: DOMINICK REYES VIA SUBMISSION R1 3:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JEREMY KIMBALL VIA TKO

Andrews: Well, Kimball went out on his shield. Good win for Reyes.

SABAH HOMASI VS. ABDUL RAZAK ALHASSAN

WINNER: ABDUL RAZAK ALHASSAN VIA TKO R1 4:21

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SABAH HOMASI VIA UD

Andrews: Premature stoppage by Herb Dean. That is all.

AMANDA COOPER VS. ANGELA MAGANA

WINNER: AMANDA COOPER VIA TKO R2 4:34

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANGELA MAGANA VIA SD

Andrews: Well, that should be a wrap for Magana. Five losses in a row and she was dominated again here. I really thought the motivation to get off the bubble would propel her, but I was clearly wrong. Great win for Amanda.

TSN 2 PRELIMS 

#9 FELICE HERRIG VS. #11 CORTNEY CASEY

WINNER: FELICE HERRIG VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FELICE HERRIG VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Cortney showed her toughness but let Herrig dictate too much of the fight.

DAVID TEYMUR VS. DRAKKAR KLOSE

WINNER: DAVID TEYMUR VIA UD (30-27, 30-27 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DAVID TEYMUR VIA UD

Andrews: Teymur was the sharper fighter, forcing Close to open himself up and take too much chances. Good win for Teymur. Not the most exciting fight though.

#15 ALEX OLIVEIRA VS. YANCY MEDERIOS R3 2:02

WINNER: YANCY MEDERIOS VIA TKO R3 4:51

ANDREWS PREDICTION: YANCY MEDERIOS  VIA UD

Andrews: Wow!  One of the great fights of the year.

CHARLES OLIVEIRA VS. PAUL FELDER 

WINNER: PAUL FELDER VIA TKO R3 4:51

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PAUL FELDER VIA TKO

Andrews: Credit Felder for overcoming the D’Arce choke and using the elbows to get the win. I said before the Olivieria was the type of guy to give Felder fits and he did.

MAIN CARD 

#5 TECIA TORRES VS. #6 MICHELLE WATERSON 

WINNER: TECIA TORRES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TECIA TORRES VIA UD

Andrews: The speed and striking of Torres was too much for Waterson who is in the twilight of her career.

#4 EDDIE ALVAREZ VS. #5 JUSTIN GAETHJE 

WINNER: EDDIE ALVAREZ VIA TKO R3 3:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JUSTIN GAETHJE VIA TKO

Andrews: What a war! And what a knee by Eddie to finish this off. This was one of those fights where everyone won.

#2 HENRY CEJUDO  VS. #4 SERGIO PETTIS 

WINNER: HENRY CEJUDO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: HENRY CEJUDO VIA UD

Andrews: Cejudo continues to show improvements, this time against a good prospect in Pettis. He needs to keep improving however to stand a chance against DJ.

#1 ALISTAIR OVEREEM VS. #4 FRANCIS NGANNOU

WINNER: FRANCIS NGANNOU VIA TKO R1 1:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FRANCIS NGANNOU VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Was there any doubt? Now we get to see Stipe test this man and it will be glorious.

MAIN EVENT

MAX HOLLOWAY VS. JOSE ALDO 

WINNER: MAX HOLLOWAY VIA TKO R3 4:51

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAX HOLLOWAY VIA TKO

Andrews: Aldo was valiant, but it was clear again that it is Holloway’s time. Bring on Frankie.

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