The main event at UFC 218, a rematch between Max Holloway and Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Title, received numerous cat-calls from members of the MMA community, but this high-profile event begins as attractively as it ends.
Justin ‘Big Pretty’ Willis (5-1) and Allen Crowder (9-2) are heavyweights who will attempt to turn one another into an ugly mess when sparking the fuse to the UFC’s visit in Detroit, Michigan.
Willis may own approximately half the experience of Crowder, but the Northern California native has already flaunted both his good sides beneath the UFC’s bright lights, which typically expose each and every flaw as if under a microscope. In Willis’ debut, UFC Fight Night 113, he earned a unanimous decision win over James Mulheron, and the heavy-hitter out of AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) plans to further his momentum as a contender while in the cavity of the Little Caesars Arena.
Although UFC 218 will go down in the record books as Crowder’s promotional debut, the fresh face in the heavyweight division should be somewhat familiar. Dana White, the UFC’s President, invited the big man from the ‘Tar Heel State’ to MMA’s big leagues after a stellar performance, a knockout of Dontale Mayes, on DWTNCS (Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series).
Once fight fans catch sight of Willis and Crowder on UFC Fight Pass, they can lean back and age gracefully while soaking in the remainder of the card.