Detroit, Michigan is home to top rappers Marshall Bruce “Eminem” Mathers III, Sean Michael Leonard “Big Sean” Anderson and Deja “Dej Loaf” Trimble. On Dec. 2, Saturday, the city was graced by Jerome-Max “Max” Kelii Holloway, 25, and José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior, 31, who is professionally known as Jose Aldo.
For the second time around, the two MMA fighters battled it out in the UFC cage. Their rematch titled “UFC 218: Holloway vs Aldo 2” at Little Caesars Arena, where Eminem performed “Lose Yourself” on Oct. 17 to open the first 2017-2018 NBA regular season game, which was between the Detroit Pistons and the Charlotte Hornets.
The first time Holloway and Aldo faced each other in the UFC cage was on June 3, 2017. It took place at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at “UFC 212: Aldo vs Holloway.”
Holloway was the interim UFC Featherweight Champion at the time. He defeated the two-time champion via technical knockout via punches at 4:31 of Round 3.
Like the first match in Brazil, Holloway and Aldo’s rematch in Michigan lasted for three rounds. The former successfully defended his title via knockout at 4:51 of Round 3.
After defeating Aldo in two consecutive UFC Featherweight Championship bouts, Holloway now has a record of 18 wins and 3 losses. The only three fighters he failed to defeat are Dustin Poirier, Dennis Bermudez and the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, 29.
Along with Holloway and Luciano Azevedo, McGregor is also one of the only three fighters who defeated Aldo. After “UFC 218: Holloway vs Aldo 2,” Aldo’s record is downgraded to 26 wins and 4 losses.
Aldo lost to McGregor at “UFC 194: Aldo vs McGregor” via knockout via punch at 0:13 of Round 1. The bout took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 12, 2015.
On the other hand, Holloway lost to McGregor at “UFC Fight Night 34: Saffiedine vs Lim” on Aug. 17, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Irish MMA fighter won via technical knockout via punches at 2:27 of Round 2.
Joining Holloway on the winning side at “UFC 218: Holloway vs Aldo 2” were Francis Ngannou, Henry Cejudo, Eddie Alvarez and Tecia Torres in the main card. The winners in the preliminary card were Paul Fedder, Yancy Medeiros, David Teylur, Felice Herrig, Amanda Bobby Cooper, Abdul Razak Alhassan, Dominick Reyes and Justin Willis.