On UFC Tonight on FS1 this week, UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping and Kenny Florian gave their thoughts on the UFC 212 main event between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.
•Bisping on Aldo’s key strengths: “Jose Aldo was the king of featherweight division long before Conor McGregor was ever heard of. How did he get it done? His striking and his devastating leg kicks. This guy can do it all. His leg kicks are some of the best in the UFC.”
•Florian on Aldo’s strengths against Holloway and how he sees the fight taking shape: “His defensive skills were really on display in his last fight against Frankie Edgar. I was so impressed with his head movement, his ability to maintain distance, and his takedown defense. But Holloway isn’t going to try to take him down. I think this is going to be a striking war. Holloway isn’t a wrestler and with no threat of takedown, Aldo is going to really let it rip.”
•Bisping on Holloway’s fighting style: “Max moves forward and throws strikes with reckless abandon. He’s very exciting. When these two meet, it’s going to be all-out action.”
•Florian on Holloway’s assets: “He has every technique in his arsenal. He throws his strikes extremely well. He switches his stance so you never know what he’s going to do and does it when throwing strikes, so you don’t know where anything is coming from. He’s that talented with his striking.”
•Florian on Aldo’s keys to victory: “He’s fast and powerful. Key one is to stay patient. He needs to take his time against Holloway. He can’t force the knockout. Key two is to throw the leg kicks. He doesn’t have to fear the takedown against Holloway. Key three is to land the takedowns and utilize his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.”
•Bisping on Holloway’s keys to victory: “He gets it done by speed and aggression. He’s got to apply the forward pressure to crowd the kicker. He’s got to vary his attack. And key three is he’s got to block the leg kicks.”
•Bisping on why he’s picking Holloway to defeat Aldo: “The last time he fought a true striker, Conor McGregor, he got knocked out. Max is going to move forward and he can throw with just as much talent, speed and power as Conor McGregor. For those reasons, I say Max gets it done.”
•Florian on why he’s picking Aldo: “I’m going with Aldo. His experience and his speed is going to be the difference and he might mix in some takedowns.”
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