This past weekend the Mixed Martial Arts world was dominated by the Hawaiians! UFC 218 took place at the Little Ceasars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Headlined by Waianae’s finest, Max “Blessed” Holloway defending his belt as the Lightweight Champion for the first time against the legendary Jose Aldo. A part of the prelims we had Makaha’s own Yancey Medeiros & Maui’s; Cortney Casey. And earlier that evening during the TUF 26 Finale, Rachael Ostovich took the center octagon for her UFC debut. Let’s just say the 808 was alive and well & the world knows it!
If there were any questions remaining from Max Holloway‘s first win over Jose Aldo, the reigning featherweight champion answered them in the rematch on Saturday night at UFC 218 in Detroit. In his first title defense against the man he beat to win the belt, Holloway put on a masterful performance, in many ways outdoing his last outing against Aldo as he dominated from bell to bell before getting a third-round finish once again.
Yancy Medeiros broke something in Alex Oliveira, and not just his nose. After more than two rounds of raucous back-and-forth action in which both fighters were badly hurt, Oliveira (17-5-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) winced and wilted, and Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) closed the slow at the 2:02 mark of the final frame. The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 218 event at the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view. – MMA Junkie
It only took a few profane gestures to get Cortney Casey and Felice Herrig going. But by then, the fight was almost over. The pair engaged in a static shootout over three rounds, with Casey (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) fighting tall and Herrig (14-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) punching her way inside. It was a close fight, but judges ultimately decided Herrig did more and awarded her a split decision. – MMA Junkie
Rachael Ostovich, who quickly found a way to lock up a perfect armbar on Armenian Karine Gevorgyan in just under two minutes. The 26-year-old Hawaiian is one of the more talented fighters at 125 pounds and will continue to prove she’s better than her quarter-final outing on TUF 26.