UFC 212 is in the books and the event will go down in UFC sportsbook history as one of the most triumphant for Hawaii. With Hawaii’s own Yancy Medeiros defeating the Brazilian Erick Silva in his own backyard, followed by Max Holloway bringing another UFC title to Hawaii, it’s safe to say that the event will go down in the nation/state’s history.
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As with most UFC events, the night was filled with a variety of knockouts. However, since this event was held in Brazil – the home of jiu-jitsu, there were more than enough submissions to go around as well.
Brazilians came up big for most of the night in their home country, and those who bet on UFC Brazilians certainly enjoyed some success. Antonio Carlos Junior enjoyed a submission via rear-naked choke over Eric Spicely, and Raphael Assuncao picked up another win for Brazil, albeit via decision, over Marlon Moraes to highlight the undercard.
Once the Main Card rolled around most of Brazil’s luck had run out. Medeiros kicked things off by beating Erick Silva via TKO but Paulo Borrachinha swung things back in Brazil’s favor by defeating Oluwale Bamgbose via TKO as well. Vitor Belfort, one of Brazil’s MMA legends, added another victory to his storied career by beating Nate Marquardt via decision. As most sportsbook fans will recall, Marquardt and Belfort have both have doping violations during their careers.
The co-headlining match of the night was over almost as quickly as it began. A cool and relaxed Karolina Kowalkiewicz quickly found herself in over her head against Claudia Gadelha. The Polish Princess made a mistake three minutes into the first round by giving Gadelha, who has ample jiu-jitsu experience, her back. Gadelha quickly took advantage and submitted Kowalkiewicz via rear-naked choke.
The headlining match of the night took a little longer to be decided but the results were equally decisive. Jose Aldo looked strong in the first couple of rounds but Max Holloway quickly found his rhythm. Once the third-round began, it was all Holloway with the featherweight having Aldo on his heels the entire round. Holloway then knocked Aldo down and delivered some heavy damage all while never giving the Brazilian the chance to get back onto his feet. Holloway could’ve ended the match via a submission through several points. However, it was clear that the Hawaiian was looking for a TKO finish, likely out of respect for Brazil and their jiu-jitsu heritage. Eventually John McCarthy ended the fight in order to protect Aldo, crowning Holloway the new undisputed Featherweight champion.
A Look Ahead
While Holloway was quick to call out Conor McGregor for a fight, saying that the Irishman should beg him to come step into the octagon alongside him, it’s clear that that pairing isn’t at the top of the UFC’s agenda. UFC Fight Night 110 is.
UFC Fight Night 110 will be held this upcoming Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. The night will be headlined by a Heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and the king of the walk-off KO, Mark Hunt. The co-headlining match of the night will feature two middleweights going toe-to-toe, Derek Brunson and Dan Kelly. Right now, UFC betting sites are siding with Lewis and Brunson.