The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its triumphant return back to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the first time since August of 2015. With title implications on the line, UFC 212 promises to deliver a clash between two of the top Featherweights on June 3rd.
The lineup has been set and will be headlined by the hometown favorite, Jose Also (26-2-0), versus top contender Max Holloway (17-3-0). The main card airs on pay-per-view following the prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Current Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, is coming off a win versus Frankie Edgar back at UFC 200, where we saw Aldo take control of the interim title. Similarly, Max Holloway (17-3-0) will be stepping into the octagon with plenty of confidence. The last time we saw Holloway was against former Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, back in December of 2016. Holloway showed a dominant performance winning the bout and earning “Performance of the Night” honors.
The tale of the tape includes two strikers going head to head. Jose Aldo will more than likely be looking to use his strong ground game to take control of the fight. However, Max Holloway has proven to be able to handle all aspects of the fight game with his strong endurance and “never quit” type attitude. Who comes out on top? Will the native country man remain the division champion or will Holloway add to his current 10 fight win streak?
Outside of the headliner, UFC fans will also get to see the two top Women’s Strawweight contenders face off and UFC legend, Vitor Belfort, make his final walk to the octagon.
Fellow Brazilian, Claudia Gadelha (14-2-0), will square off against Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1-0) for the #1 Strawweight title contender.
UFC 212 will also mark the end of a two decade career for Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (25-13-0). Belfort is set to take on fellow UFC veteran, Nate Marquardt (38-16-3). Vitor first stepped into the octagon back in February of 1997. The Brazilian has been on an incredible journey throughout his MMA career; holding championship belts, putting together highlight reel knockouts, and fighting UFC Hall of Famers such as Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture. Regardless of the outcome, the Brazilian crowd will be showing their fellow countryman plenty of love and praise for his Hall of Fame worthy career.
Will Aldo retain his Featherweight belt or will Holloway shock an entire country to earn his first UFC belt? Who will become the #1 ranked Women’s Strawweight contender? And will the Brazilian legend, Vitor Belfort, go out on top? On June 3rd at UFC 212, fans around the world will find out.