UFC 218 Fight Card and Rumors

By Chris Taylor - September 30, 2017

The octagon will return to Detroit on December 2 for UFC 218 and the fight card is already beginning to take shape!

Max Holloway Frankie Edgar

The pay-per-view event is headlined by a featherweight title fight between current champion Max Holloway and perennial division contender Frankie Edgar.

Holloway was last seen in action at June’s UFC 212 event where he scored a third-round TKO victory over MMA Legend Jose Aldo, thus becoming the promotions featherweight king. “Blessed” is currently riding an amazing eleven fight win streak.

As for “The Answer”, Frankie Edgar is coming off a second-round TKO victory over surging contender Yair Rodriguez which occurred at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas. Prior to that, the former lightweight champion had earned a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor was first to report the Edgar vs. Holloway title fight.

The UFC 218 co-main event will feature a clash of the heavyweight divisions top contenders as Alistair Overeem will square off with Francis Ngannou.

“The Predator”, Francis Ngannou, has gone a perfect 5-0 since joining the UFC ranks with all five wins coming by way of stoppage. Ngannou’s most recent win came in January when he TKO’s former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in the very first-round.

As for Overeem, the former Dream, Strikeforce and K1 champion is coming off a decision victory over former UFC champ Fabricio Werdum which occurred at July’s UFC 213 event. Prior to that, “The Reem” had scored a third-round knockout over Mark Hunt at UFC 209.

UFC officials have confirmed that Ngannou vs. Overeem is official for the UFC 218 event.

Also slated for the December 2 pay-per-view card is a lightweight battle between TUF 26 coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje.

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was most recently seen in action at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas where his bout with Dustin Poirier was ruled a no-contest after some illegal knee strikes were landed.

As for Gaethje, the former WSOF champion made his UFC debut this past July against Michael Johnson where he earned a thrilling second-round TKO victory over “The Menace” in a scrap which is thought to be “Fight of the year”.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor was first to report the highly anticipated lightweight tilt.

The fourth exciting matchup announced for UFC 218 is a flyweight showdown between Sergio Pettis and Henry Cejudo.

Cejudo is coming off a sensational first-round knockout victory over Wilson Reis.

As for Pettis, Sergio is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Moreno at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City earlier this summer.

Check out all of the official and rumored bouts for UFC 218 below:

Frankie Edgar vs. Max Holloway – Featherweight title fight
Alistair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou – Heavyweight fight
Justin Gaethje vs. Eddie Alvarez – Lightweight fight
Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis – Flyweight fight
Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig – Strawweight fight
Sabah Homasi vs. Razak Al-Hassan – Welterweight
Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira – Welterweight
Allen Crowder vs. Justin Willis – Heavyweight
Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur – Lightweight
Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana – Strawweight
Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes – Light Heavyweight
Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta – Lightweight

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