UFC 218 popped off tonight (Saturday, December 2, 2017) from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The headliner was a championship rematch from new titlist Max Holloway and featherweight GOAT Jose Aldo. Holloway took care of business again, TKO’ing Aldo in the third round once more. Aldo utilized his trademark leg kicks slightly more this time around, but Holloway was unfazed and ratcheted up his pace until he drowned Aldo. The Brazilian had his moments and at times showed off gorgeous head movement, but he could not slow the “Blessed” freight train.

The co-headliner pit rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou against former K-1, DREAM, and Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem in a number-one contender matchup. Ngannou stamped his ticket to a title shot in crushing fashion, deading Overeem with one left uppercut after stuffing a takedown.

And maybe the most anticipated fight of the night, between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje, delivered the non-stop violence we were all hoping for. The fighters did not rock each other again and again, but instead stood toe-to-toe, nearly forehead-to-forehead for the duration. Alvarez hammered the body and head with multi-punch salvos while Gaethje tore into his lead leg. Alvarez ended the spirited war in the third with a sudden knee strike to the face, his body work seeming to wear Gaethje down.

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