Regardless of name value and hype, the first weekend in June will feature one of the best MMA fights on the docket in all of 2017. The greatest featherweight in MMA history, Jose Aldo, will put his reacquired UFC title on the line in the main event of UFC 212 against the most diverse striker he’s ever faced, Max Holloway. Following Conor McGregor’s exodus to the lightweight (and welterweight) division, Holloway is the most intriguing fight remaining for the longtime champ, and his remarkable 10-fight winning streak has many picking him to become the new king at 145 pounds.

Aldo knows all about long winning streaks as well. Prior to his loss to McGregor — his first in eight years under Zuffa contract — he was riding an 18-fight streak of his own, defending his title against the likes of Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes along the way. While he hasn’t exhibited the same dynamic finishing ability he showed early in his WEC career, there is no question that the Brazilian is one of MMA’s greatest technicians ever.

Every bit of that technique will be tested by Holloway, whose ability to establish a range against opponents has be uncanny during his winning streak. Combined with his now-excellent takedown defense and an extremely dangerous front headlock game, Holloway is a nightmare to deal with regardless of how his opponent approaches the fight. His form and skill set have Holloway just a +120 underdog to Aldo (-140) in what is by far the biggest fight of his career (click here for live UFC 212 betting odds).

The only other fight with a line prior to today is in the women’s strawweight division, as a pair of former title challengers square off to potentially determine the next contender for champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Claudia Gadelha has already faced Jedrzejczyk twice: the first was a razor close split-decision loss in a three-round fight, then the rematch was a five-round title affair that saw Jedrzejczyk storm back in the final three rounds to win a definitive decision. Kowalkiewicz wasn’t quite so competitive with the current champion, however, she did have one big moment in round four of her title opportunity that saw her hurt Jedrzejczyk. Gadelha opened as a -300 favorite, with the comeback on Kowalkiewicz at +250, which one can’t help but feel would be tighter were this a five-round contest.

The main card of UFC 212 also features a bout in Vitor Belfort’s legends division, as the 40-year-old takes on 38-year-old Nate Marquardt. This could be Belfort’s last fight, and the crowd in Rio would like nothing more than for one of their heroes to go out with a win. The final two fights on the main card could provide the same sort of action that Belfort has long been known for, as rising Brazilian Paulo Henrique Costa faces banger Oluwale Bamgbose in a middleweight contest, and Erick Silva meets Yacy Medeiros at 170.

However, outside of the top two fights, the gem of the card is almost certainly the featured prelim between Raphael Assuncao and UFC newcomer Marlon Moraes. Assuncao is perenially among the Top 5 bantamweights in the world while Moraes is the lone bantamweight champion in WSOF history, consistently impressing with his sublime striking.

MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for each of the remaining fights on UFC 212 today at 5Dimes Sportsbook. You can check out all of the opening odds below…

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UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway

JUNE 3, 2017

Jeunesse Arena | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Main Card – (PPV, 10 PM ET)

 

Featherweight Title Unification Bout

Max Holloway +100

Jose Aldo -130

Over 4.5 -135

Under 4.5 -105

 

Karolina Kowalkiewicz +260

Claudia Gadelha -380

Over 2.5 -280

Under 2.5 +200

 

Nate Marquardt +145

Vitor Belfort -185

Over 1.5 -115

Under 1.5 -125

 

Oluwale Bamgbose +165

Paulo Borrachinha -215

Over 1.5 +135

Under 1.5 -175

 

Yancy Medeiros +140

Erick Silva -180

Over 1.5 -175

Under 1.5 +135

 

 

Preliminary Card – (FS1, 8 PM ET)

 

Raphael Assuncao +125

Marlon Moraes -165

Over 2.5 -245

Under 2.5 +175

 

Eric Spicely +165

Antonio Carlos Junior -215

Over 2.5 -130

Under 2.5 -110

 

Johnny Eduardo +110

Matthew Lopez -150

Over 2.5 -115

Under 2.5 -125

 

Brian Kelleher +175

Iuri Alcantara -245

Over 2.5 -135

Under 2.5 -105

 

 

Preliminary Card – (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 PM ET)

 

Jamie Moyle +130

Viviane Pereira -170

Over 2.5 -305

Under 2.5 +225

 

Jim Wallhead +125

Luan Chagas -165

Over 2.5 -125

Under 2.5 -115

 

Marco Beltran +135

Deiveson Alcantra -175

Over 1.5 -180

Under 1.5 +140

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