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UFC 218 live results: Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo II

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2, emanating from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

The UFC heads to the new arena in the Motor City for the first time and brings a stacked card full of ranked fighters, with titles and potential title shots on the line in many of the fights.

In the main event, UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway makes his first defense of his undisputed championship, as he fights the man he defeated to unify the titles, former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo. Aldo is a replacement for the injured Frankie Edgar, and he looks to take the title back from Holloway, who defeated him at UFC 212 in June.

In the co-main event, a title shot is on the line as heavyweights Alistair Overeem takes on Francis Ngannou. Overeem has won two straight fights while Ngannou is undefeated inside the Octagon, and winner of nine straight overall. UFC President Dana White has said that the winner will challenge UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic.

The stacked card also features a flyweight bout between Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis, a lightweight bout that has violence written on it as TUF coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje, and a strawweight bout between Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson kicks off the main card.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

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> Justin Willis (5-1, 1-0 UFC) vs. Allen Crowder (9-2 1 NC, 0-0 UFC)

Willis looked really good from the opening bell, landing all kinds of punches and knees to the body and head with accuracy and a lot of power. Crowder was hanging in there and then a hard shot from Willis dropped him and Crowder went down like he'd been shot and the ref stopped it.

Official result - Justin Willis (6-1) by KO (punch) at 2:33

Willis cut a profanity-laced promo after the fight but didn't say much of substance other than trying to get one of his AKA teammates a UFC contract. 

> Jeremy Kimball (15-6, 1-1 UFC) vs. Dominick Reyes (7-0, 1-0 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Kimball started off strong, landing a lot of punches early and scoring an impressive slam out of a guillotine attempt by Reyes. He took it to the cage and had clinch control but when Reyes got control, he got a takedown and took over. He was able to take the back and quickly secured a rear naked choke and Kimball tapped right away.

Official result - Dominick Reyes (8-0) by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:39

Reyes got a post-fight interview but didn't say much of anything. He looked very good here and particularly impressive were vicious elbows he used to set up the choke. 

> Abdul Razak Alhassan (7-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Sabah Homasi (11-6, 0-1 UFC)

Very entertaining fight as both guys had impressive flurries of punches landing early in the first. Homasi got the first takedown and landed vicious elbows but Alhassan got up quickly. He was able to get a couple takedowns of his own but couldn't keep Homasi down. At the 4 minute mark they just both started throwing down like crazy and then Homasi went down. It looked like a knockdown but on the replay it looked like he may have slipped. It appeared that Homasi stopped fighting and was cowering so the ref stopped it. Homasi wasn't hurt much though and got up right away, protesting. Joe Rogan was heavily critical of the stoppage.

Official result - Abdul Razak Alhassan (8-1) by TKO (punches) at 4:21

Alhassan apologized to the fans for the stoppage but did say that he thought that Homasi was hurt by the punches and that the referee was afraid for the safety of the fighter and that's why he stopped it. 

Homasi got interview time as well and said he wasn't hurt and he's been hurt a lot worse. On the replay, one of the angles, which was the same angle the ref had, made it appear as if Homasi went down hard. 

> Amanda Cooper (2-3, 1-2 UFC) vs. Angela Magana (11-8, 0-2 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Biggest thing to happen in the first round was a wardrobe malfunction by Magana that the ref had to stop the fight for to let her adjust her top. Other than that, Cooper was trying to get it to the ground early and finally got it there about halfway through the round. She dominated from that point, landing a lot of strikes, gaining mount at least twice and establishing full back control. She wasn't really close to finishing but did enough to get a 10-8 in my book

Total domination from Cooper in the second as she got a takedown right away and started landing punches and elbows. She took the back of Magana and was working for a rear naked choke but Magana did a good job defending it. But she had no answer for the striking of Cooper and was outstruck about 60-1 in the round. He warned Magana to fight back several times and then finally stopped it when it was clear Magana had nothing left. 

Official result - Amanda Cooper (3-3) by TKO (punches) at 4:34 of round 2


> Felice Herrig (#9, 13-6, 4-1 UFC) vs. Cortney Casey (#11, 7-4, 3-3 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Both women were throwing a lot of punches early with Casey seeming to be slightly more active and landing the harder shots. But Herrig was landing her fair share as well. Herrig took it to the cage midway through the round and got a strong takedown. She held Casey down for about a minute before Casey reversed position and ended up on top after a Kimura attempt. Both stood up after that and ended the round throwing a lot of punches again in the last minute. Close round, 10-9 Herrig in my book for the takedown. 

2nd round entirely on the feet and almost exclusively boxing. Both ladies had their moments and landed nice shots but it seemed that Casey was a little more busy. Herrig did have a nice kick/punch combo right before the end of the round but I thought Casey took it 10-9 and it's tied up after 2

A lot less action early in this round but it was very even. Entire round was standup and other than a few leg kicks by Herrig, it was almost exclusively boxing. Crowd was starting to turn on the fight until both ladies started taunting each other and they must have done some offensive hand gestures or bad language because the feed cut away a couple times. Crowd was hot after that and Casey landed a really nice combo near the end that may have stolen a very close round and fiight. 10-9 Casey, 29-28 overall

Official result - Felice Herrig (14-6) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

There was bad blood between the two that extended past the official decision. Casey seemed really upset but it was so close neither should've been upset. She explained the hostility by saying it was just two emotional fighters in a close fight. 

> David Teymur (6-1, 3-0 UFC) vs. Drakkar Klose (8-0-1, 2-0 UFC)

Weird round as both were keeping their distance with Teymur landing kicks from distance and Klose not able to land much of anything. Klose kept dropping his hands and taunting Teymur to engage but Teymur was sticking to his game plan. After about the fourth time he did this, ref Herb Dean actually stopped the fight and warned Teymur for timidity, which seemed unreasonable. Klose was able to get a late takedown but Teymur got right up. 10-9 Teymur

Similar round on the feet with Teymur most effective with his leg kicks and his high kicks and Klose continually getting frustrated at not being able to fight his fight. Klose was stuffed on several takedown attempts and then Teymur got one of his own in the last minute and stayed on top for the rest of the round. 10-9 Teymur, 20-18 overall

Klose was more frantic to start the round and was able to land sustained offence for the first time in the fight. Teymur had an eye poke that the ref missed but Herb Dean stopped the fight anyway and give him time to recover. Klose was able to get a takedown finally but again Teymur was right up. Teymur continued to land leg and body kicks throughout the round. Close but probably 10-9 Klose but 29-28 overall for Teymur

Official result - David Teymur (7-1) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2; 29-28)

> Alex Oliveira (#15, 18-3-1 2 NC, 7-2 1 NC UFC) vs. Yancy Medeiros (14-4 1 NC, 5-4 1 NC UFC)

Round of the year to start. Oliveira came out strong but Medeiros dropped him 30 seconds in with a punch that broke his nose. Oliveira was up quickly and clinched up on the cage. After separating, Oliveira dropped Medeiros but he was right up. After that, it was mostly Oliveira landing a ton of punches and kicks that really hurt Medeiros but he managed to stay in there. Would've been 10-8 for Oliveira if not for the knockdown and near finish by Medeiros early. 10-9 Oliveira.

First round took a lot out of Oliveira as he may have punched himself out and Medeiros took the momentum early in the 2nd. Oliveira was still landing a lot of leg and body kicks but was missing on most of his punches while Medeiros was landing a lot. Medeiros reversed a late takedown attempt and landed some nice elbows on the ground but Oliveira was up fairly quickly. 10-9 Medeiros, 19-19 overall. Helluva fight

Oliveira came out strong, landing some nice punch combos early. Oliveira got a couple of quick takedowns but didn't do much on the ground. Medeiros reversed the second one and ended up on top. Oliveria was able to get to his feet and then started backing up, touching his eye like it was bothering him. Medeiros moved in and started landing punches on the cage and the Oliveira just collapsed, clearly done. Ref should've stopped it there but Medeiros landed a few more punches on the ground before he did. 

Official result - Yancy Medeiros (15-4) by TKO (punches) at 2:02 of the third round

Medeiros put over the fans of Detroit and Oliveira as a true cowboy. Rogan called it one of the best fights he's ever seen. Medeiros asked for the bonus. Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez had promised a fight of the night and if it beats this one, it will be one of the best fights of all time. 

> Charles Oliveira (22-7 1 NC, 10-7 1 NC UFC) vs. Paul Felder (14-3, 6-3 UFC)

Oliveira got a quick takedown but Felder was right up. He took him down again and immediately took the back. Felder was trying to fight off Oliveira but he was able to secure a choke. Oliveira held onto it a long time, continually changing positions while seemingly making the choke tighter but Felder refused to quit. Eventually Oliveira gave it up and shortly after that, Felder was able to get to his feet. He ended up on top after Oliveira may have pulled guard and he was landing punches and elbows on the ground at the end of the round, despite a couple of sub attempts from his back by Oliveira. 10-9 Oliveira 

Oliveira clearly lost a lot of steam after failing to get the submission in the first. Felder took it to cage with a clinch and dropped Oliveira with a short elbow. He stayed in Oliveira's guard despite repeated submission attempts, landing a lot of strikes on the ground. Felder postured up and then landed a hard elbow before going into the guard and Oliveira clearly tapped but the ref missed it. Felder landed a couple more hard elbows and it was stopped.

Official result - Paul Felder (15-3) by TKO (elbows) at 4:04 of round 2


> Tecia Torres (#5, 9-1, 5-1 UFC) vs. Michelle Waterson (#6, 14-5, 2-1 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Waterson got an early takedown. Torres was right up but Waterson took her back standing. Torres was eventually able to shake her off and front that point on, it was pretty much Torres playing the clinch game on the cage, landing a lot of strikes. When she was able to separate, Waterson was able to land kicks from distance and opened up a cut under Torres' eye but it was clearly Torres' round. 10-9 Torres

Waterson got an early takedown and maintained top position for almost the entire round. Torres was trying for submission from the bottom and got kinda close at one point but Waterson should take the round. 10-9 Waterson, 19-19 after 2

Waterson seemed very tired but was still hanging in there. Torres managed a late takedown and did a lot of damage. At one poiont, Torres landed about 20 straight punches and Waterson was cowering and not fighting back and it really should've been stopped but the ref let it continue. Waterson did get to her feet by the end of the fight. 10-8 Torres, 29-27 overall

Official result - Tecia Torres (10-1) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2; 29-28)

> Eddie Alvarez (#4, 28-5 1 NC, 3-2 1 NC UFC) vs. Justin Gaethje (#5, 18-0, 1-0 UFC)

First round exclusively on the feet. Both guys throwing leg kicks early and then Alvarez starting landing a lot of punch combos. Gaethje's most effective striking was leg kicks and Alvarez did seem affected by them but he landed about twice as many punches. Both guys were cut and bleeding by the end of the round. 10-9 Alvarez

Similar to the first although Gaethje was visibly tired midway through the round. Halfway through, the strike count for the fight was 112-61 for Alvarez, which is kind of insane. Gaethje was doing damage with leg kicks but not enough to counteract the constant barrage of head and body punches by Alvarez. Alvarez had swelling on his face late that was concerning to the corner. 10-9 Alvarez, 20-18

Gaethje came out throwing a ton of leg kicks and Alvarez having a hard time standing but continuing to land punches. Alvarez tried to pull guard but Gaethje backs off, forcing him up. Alvarez was continuing to press forward, landing punches but having a lot of trouble with his legs and his cheek was swelled up like he had a mouthful of chewing tobacco. Gaethje started to get really tired and was just wobbling around the cage and Alvarez clinched up in the center. He landed a flush knee to the chin and Gaethje was down and out. 

Officlal result - Eddie Alvarez (29-5) by TKO (knee) at 3:59 of Round 3

> Henry Cejudo (#2, 11-2, 5-2 UFC) vs. Sergio Pettis (#4, 16-2, 7-2 UFC)

 Cejudo got an early takedown and managed to stay on top for the rest of the round. He didn't do a ton of damage but Pettis did almost nothing from his back. Pettis did have a few weak submission attempts but not enough to overcome the grappling advantage of Cejudo and over 4 minutes of top control time. 10-9 Cejudo

Pettis was doing well in the first minute, landing a couple of body kicks and some punches. He slipped while defending a takedown and Cejudo pounced into his guard and took over. It was much the same as the first with Cejudo doing just enough to avoid a standup but no real attempts to finish. Pettis did get to his feet with 30 seconds left but didn't do anything but eat a flurry of punches from Cejudo. 10-9 Cejudo, 20-18

Pettis defended the first takedown attempt of Cejudo and did land a few strikes but Cejudo got one just over a minute in. He was a little more active on the ground this time, not even being threatened by the ref to work more. Pettis did get to his feet with about 1:30 left but they just kept their distance for the rest of the round. 10-9 Cejudo, 30-27

Official result - Henry Cejudo (12-2) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

> Alistair Overeem (#1, 43-15 1 NC, 8-4 UFC) vs. Francis Ngannou (#4, 10-1, 5-0 UFC)

Overeem charged to start and then clinched up on the cage. Pretty much a stalemate with N'Gannou landing some foot stomps. Ref broke it up after about 30 seconds of nothing happening. After the separation, N'Gannou landed a left hook that nearly took Overeem off his feet and knocked him out cold. Overeem was down, stiff as a board, for a couple of minutes.

Official result - Francis N'Gannou (11-1) by KO at 1:42

With six straight stoppages to start his UFC career, N'Gannou joins Rich Franklin, Anderson Silva and Ronda Rousey as fighters to acheive that. N'Gannou will certainly get a title shot off of this. Overeem came and congratulated him after he came to. N'Gannou just said he's ready for Stipe. I'll say. 

He dedicated the fight to slaves in Libia and then said "Excuse my words, but f*** slavery and f*** racism. They are very bad and slavery is not fair". That was different. 

> Max Holloway (C, 18-3, 14-3 UFC) vs. Jose Aldo (#1, 26-3, 8-2 UFC)
UFC Featherweight Championship

First round entirely on the feet and aside from a couple of leg kicks by Aldo, it was all just boxing. Holloway threw over twice as many strikes but they landed almost the exact same. Holloway was pressing the action most of the way and Aldo had way more damage on his face at the end. Aldo got off a nice punch combo right before the buzzer and Holloway mockingly applauded him. 10-9 Holloway but real close

Better round for Aldo as he was landing leg kicks early. Holloway was mostly landing jabs from distance and Aldo was getting his punches in combos but not doing much damage. The cut on Aldo's face looked really bad by the end of the round as he was fading. He did enough early to win the round but Holloway had all the momentum at the end. 10-9 Aldo, 19-19 after 2

Aldo was real tired coming out for round 3 and Holloway was just patiently picking him off with jabs. Aldo started to fade and back off and at that point Holloway smelled blood and picked up the pace. He was all over Aldo and Aldo seemed out on his feet. Holloway wouldn't let up and the ref easily could've stopped it but didn't. Aldo went for a takedown but ended up on his back. Holloway quickly moved into mount and landed a barrage of punches. Ref Herb Dean warned Aldo several times to fight back but he didn't and he finally stopped it with less than 10 seconds left. It was probably 30-40 punches late and Aldo face was a mess by the end. 

Official result - Max Holloway (19-3) by TKO (punches) at 4:51 of Round 3

Max Holloway said the plan was to take Aldo into deep water because he didn't think he could hang there. Rogan called Holloway the greatest featherweight of all time but Holloway said he's got a long way to go before he can call himself that. Rogan asked him who the next challenger should be, suggesting Frankie Edgar, but Holloway refused to give a name, just saying they are all cupcakes and he loves eating cupcakes.