Saturday night in Brazil, interim UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will step into the Octagon with hometown hero Jose Aldo for a featherweight title unification fight.
Ahead of the fight, many fight fans are split down the middle in regards to who they feel will leave Brazil with the undisputed featherweight title. At the present time, oddsmakers have the betting lines for the fight nearly even, with Bovada listing Jose Aldo as a -165 favorite, and Max Holloway as a +135 underdog. To simplify the above numbers, it would take a $165 bet on Jose Aldo to potentially win $100, whereas a $100 bet on Holloway, would potentially earn you $165.
Interestingly enough, EA Sports UFC 2 has boldly predicted that Max Holloway’s reign of terror over the UFC featherweight division will continue, as the game has predicted that Holloway will pick up a split decision win over Aldo to capture the undisputed featherweight title.
With that being said, Jose Aldo has predicted that the Brazilian crowd will play a big factor in the fight, causing quite a bit of pressure for Max Holloway.
He recently spoke to Combate:
He’s going to f—king shit himself. He never fought with that kind of pressure before, man. You can see in his eyes how nervous he gets when the crowd starts to put the pressure on him. It’s all baloney. He doesn’t want to let it show.
“I’ve fought millions of guys and I never felt the need to respond to the crowd or give them any gestures. When a person wants to show all that, they’re so nervous, you don’t even know how much. He’s afraid. He always fought in the USA, where there’s no booing or anything. It’s an important fight in a new place. He’s nervous, anxious.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/3/2017.