Detroit, December 3: Max Holloway stops Jose Aldo via TKO to retain the UFC Welterweight Championship in UFC 218: Holloway Vs Aldo 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday (December 2).
In the main event of the evening, the champ Holloway started strong and finished strong to pick up a second stoppage win against Aldo, who stepped in for injured Frankie Edgar on weeks notice.
Holloway weared down the ex-champ with a slow crescendo of offense that left him wheezing which made referee Herb Dean call off the bout at the 4:51 mark of the third frame, 38 seconds later than Holloway stopped Aldo in June to unify the title.
UFC 218 featured a stacked card with very highly anticipated matches, one of them was a heavyweight showdown of title contenders.
In the co-main event, Heavyweight title hopeful Francis Ngannou extended his winning streak after powerful left hand from him was enough to knock out Alistair Overeem under two minutes of the first round.
The champion Stipe Miocic has a lot to worry now as Ngannou gets into the title picture with that sickening knock out win.
In the main card opener, women's strawweights, Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson locked horns where Torres took home a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice.
With that win Torres is now on a three fight winning streak and moves closer to title contention, while Waterson suffers her second consecutive loss.
In a much hyped fight that followed, TUF 26 coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje battered each other in a brutal striking lightweight showdown.
But, it was a knee from Alvarez in the closing moments of the final round which put Gaethje down when the referee intervened for the stoppage and declared Alvarez a TKO winner at the 3:59 mark of the third round.
Later in a flyweight bout, Henry Cejudo a onetime title challenger, used his Olympic wrestling pedigree to deposit Sergio Pettis on the mat and control him there which resulted in a shutout on judges' scorecards.
A heavyweight bout kicked off the UFC 218 event, Justin Willis ended the fight quickly when a left hook left the UFC newcomer Allen Crowder on the mat at 2:33 of the first round.
Next up in a light heavyweight bout there was no knock out stoppage this time for Dominick Reyes, but it was a stoppage all the same as he locked up the rear-naked choke on Jeremy Kimball to force the tap at the 3:39 mark of Round 1.
A controversial desicion marred the slugfest between welterweights Abdul Razak Al-Hassan and Sabah Homasi as boos rang around Little Ceasars Arena when Al-Hassan was awarded the fight via TKO. However, replays showed a blow never connected to end the fight.
In a women's strawweight bout that followed, Amanda Cooper dominated Angela Magana from start to finish with one hell of a beatdown and eventually earned a TKO with strikes on the mat at the 4:34 mark of the second round.
Next up, in women's strawweight slugfest, Felice Herrig and Cortney Casey engaged in a static shootout over three rounds, where judges ultimately decided Herrig did more in the close fight and awarded her a split decision.
Later in a lightweight bout, David Teymur handed Drakkar Klose his first loss in UFC after he took a unanimous decision win with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
After more than two rounds of a close welterweight battle, Alex Oliveira and Yancy Medeiros were badly hurt, but the end looked near as Oliveira began to show grimace and started to wither with a broken nose. Mederios eventually took the fight at the 2:02 mark of the final frame via TKO.
To conclude the prelims, Paul Felder came roaring back in the second round of a lightweight bout after nearly being choked in the first to put Charles Oliveira away with a series of brutal elbows at the 4:06 mark of the second round.
Here are the final results of UFC 218:
1. Featherweight title bout: Max Holloway defeated Jose Aldo by TKO (punches) - Round 3, 4:51
2. Heavyweight bout: Francis Ngannou defeated Alistair Overeem by KO (punch) - Round 1, 1:42
3. Flyweight bout: Henry Cejudo defeated Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
4. Lightweight bout: Eddie Alvarez defeated Justin Gaethje by TKO (knee, punches) - Round 3, 3:59
5. Women's Strawweight bout: Tecia Torres defeated Michelle Waterson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
1. Lightweight bout: Paul Felder defeated Charles Oliveira by knockout (elbows) - Round 2, 4:06
2. Welterweight bout: Yancy Medeiros defeated Alex Oliveira by TKO (punches) - Round 3, 2:02
3. Lightweight bout: David Teymur defeated Drakkar Klose by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
4. Women's Strawweight bout: Felice Herrig defeated Cortney Casey by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
5. Women's Strawweight bout: Amanda Cooper defeated Angela Magana by TKO (punches) - Round 2, 4:34
6. Welterweight bout: Abdul Razak Alhassan defeated Sabah Homasi by TKO (punches) - Round 1, 4:21
7. Light Heavyweight: Dominick Reyes defeated Jeremy Kimball by submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 3:39
8. Heavyweight bout: Justin Willis defeated Allen Crowder by KO (punches) - Round 1, 2:33