Max Holloway Stops Jose Aldo, Becomes Undisputed Featherweight Champion at UFC 212

10:30pm UTC Jun 3, 2017Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Craig Amos

Max Holloway scored a TKO victory over Jose Aldo in the third round of their featherweight title unification bout. Aldo looked sharp early, but Holloway turned up the pace in Round 3 and quickly took over. The victory pushes the Hawaiian's streak to a remarkable 11 victories. In the co-main event, Claudia Gadelha submitted Karolina Kowalkiewicz, making quick work of the recent title challenger. The triumph ensures that Gadelha will maintain her status as the top ranked challenger in the 115-pound division, and positions her to launch another title run.

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    UFC 212 Quick Results

    UFC 212 Main Card

    Max Holloway def. Jose Aldo, TKO (Round 3, 4:13) Claudia Gadelha def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz, submission (Round 1, 3:03) Vitor Belfort def. Nate Marquardt, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Paulo Borrachinha def. Oluwale Bamgbose, TKO (Round 2, 1:06) Yancy Medeiros def. Erick Silva, TKO (Round 2, 2:01)

    Prelims on Fox Sports 1

    Raphael Assuncao def. Marlon Moraes, split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27) Antonio Carlos Junior def. Eric Spicely, submision (Round 2, 3:49) Matthew Lopez def. Johnny Eduardo, TKO (Round 1, 2:57) Brian Kelleher def. Iuri Alcantara, submission (Round 1, 1:48)

    Prelims on UFC Fight Pass

    Viviane Pereira def. Jamie Moyle, unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Luan Chagas def. Jim Wallhead, submission (Round 2, 4:48) Deiveson Figueiredo def. Marco Beltran, TKO (Round 2, 5:00)

    Scroll down for Bleacher Report's full play-by-play coverage of UFC 212.

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    The Shot That Led to the Finish

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    Aldo Looked Strong Early, but Couldn't Keep Up When Holloway Increased His Output

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    This Will Be a Topic of Discussion in the Coming Days

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    The Result Was the Same, the Method Was Different

    Where McGregor won the fight with one definitive moment, Holloway wore him down and pounded him out.

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    Holloway Walks Away After the Stoppage

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    Max Holloway Def. Jose Aldo, TKO (Round 3, 4:13)

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    Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway: Round 3

    Holloway is the aggressor in the third, backing Aldo to the perimeter of the Octagon. He's able to sneak some punches by Aldo's defenses, but Aldo manages some counters in response. A stiff right hand from Aldo sends Aldo stumbling to the mat. Holloway jumps on top, looking for the finish. He establishes the mount and rains down right hands, putting Aldo is massive trouble. He turtles up, face down on his knees. Holloway continues to thrash him until the referee intervenes.

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    Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway: Round 2

    The second round begins quicker than the first, both fighters having settled in. Strikes land for both men, though Aldo lands cleaner through the first 90 seconds. Holloway grabs some momentum with his best combination of the night, punctuating the assault with a left hook. He adds a right before Aldo digs to the body in retaliation, then scores with a right hook up top. After Holloway scores with a bodykick, Aldo cracks him with a pair of punches.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Aldo

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    Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway: Round 1

    Holloway presses forth, but Aldo proves evasive, leading to an uneventful opening 90 seconds. Aldo is able to score with a couple of right hands, going to the body then head. Aldo follows up with a flurry of straight punches and a knee, forcing Holloway to stagger back. The Hawaiian recovers and comes back with a crisp right cross. The next salvo comes from Aldo, when he snaps his foe's head back with a vicious left hook. Holloway closes the round with a spinning bodykick.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Aldo

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    Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway

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    Gadelha Celebrates the Win

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    The Only Thing Between Gadelha and the Title Is That Same Old Thing...the Champion

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    A Convincing Performance

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    Claudia Gadelha Def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Submission (Round 1, 3:03)

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    Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz: Round 1

    A nice right hand hits for Kowalkiewicz a few seconds into the bout. Gadelha retaliates with a hard combination exiting a clinch, helping herself to an early edge in significant strikes. After Kowalkiewicz fires back, Gadelha establishes double underhooks and yanks Kowalkiewicz to the canvas. As the Polish fighter attempts to stand, Gadelha takes her back and quickly sinks in a choke. The tap comes hastily from Kowalkiewicz.

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    Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

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    Before Moving on to the Headliners...

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    The Decision Announcement

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    So No Retirement for Belfort...

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    The First Time He's Gone to a Decision in 10 Years

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    Vitor Belfort Def. Nate Marquardt, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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    Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt: Round 3

    Both men are tentative the open Round 3. A couple of jabs land for Marquardt, but he is only the more active of the two because Belfort is keeping his finger off the trigger completely. A solid left hook hits for Marquardt with just over two minutes on the clock. Belfort throws a headkick that Marquardt blocks, but the impact still looks to affect him. Belfort lands again, then stuffs a shot. Marquardt sticks a jab, but his on the defensive in the final minute.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Belfort Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Belfort

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    Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt: Round 2

    The lethargic pace of the bout stretches into the second round, the first minute passing without incident. Marquardt goes high with a kick before Belfort attacks with a flurry that puts Marquardt on his back foot. After the explosion from Belfort the pace slackens some, Marquardt landing a couple of punches over the next minute, but nothing major. Marquardt picks up the face, initiating some exchanges that sees both men land.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Belfort

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    Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt: Round 1

    Nearly a minute passes before Marquardt forces the action with a takedown. He lands in the guard, but after a short period of inactivity the referee resets the fighters in the center of the Octagon. Belfort attacks with a left hand and a bodykick, delighting the Rio crowd. Marquardt answers the attack with a stepping right hand and a couple of low kicks. He adds another right hand before the horn.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Marquardt

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    Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt

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    The Fighters Put an End to the Feud After the Contest

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    It Took Longer Than Usual...but Not Long

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    Paulo Borrachinha Def. Oluwale Bamgbose, TKO (Round 2, 1:06)

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    Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose: Round 2

    Bamgbose immediately expends the energy he recovered between rounds by unleashing a series of theatrical strikes. Borrichinha weathers the attacks, then goes right back at his counterpart. After Bamgbose slips throwing a kick, Borrichinha follows him down and wails away until the TKO is called.

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    Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose: Round 1

    Living up to expectations, the men waste little time engaging, Bamgbose clipping Borrachinha with a right hook. He then seeks a takedown, but Borrachinha fights off the effort and the competitors return to the center of the cage. Bamgbose continues to swing for the fences and Borrachinha has decided to join him. The Brazilian begins with kicks then moves on to a flurry of punches that land up top and to the midsection. Bamgbose looks to stifle the attack with a takedown. He manages to get his opponent to a sitting position, but Borrachinha stands before the horn.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Borrachinha

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    Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose

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    The Fight-ending Sequence

    Here's the big left hand from Medeiros that spelled the end of the match.

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    Silva Had a Case There

    It looked like Silva could have continued. An unfortunate outcome for him, but a strong performance from Medeiros all the same.

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    Yancy Medeiros Def. Erick Silva, TKO (Round 2, 2:01)

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    Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros: Round 2

    Medeiros opens the middle frame aggressively, landing some punches early. Silva retaliates with a smacking bodykick before lowering his aim for a leg-kick. Silva continues to land, until Medeiros stops him dead in his tracks with a thumping left hand. Silva drops to the floor and Medeiros pounces, hammering away for the finish. When the stoppage comes, Silva immediately protests, bounding to his feet.

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    Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros: Round 1

    A kick to the ribs lands for Medeiros as we officially get the UFC 212 main card underway. Silva drops to a knee and looks fazed. The commentary team theorizes he was victimized by a clash of heads. Medeiros takes advantage with a couple followup punches, but Silva recovers and falls back into rhythm. The Brazilian strings together a trio of nice connections, targeting both head and body, before Medeiros answers with a stiff right hand. Silva finishes the round strong with a couple of leg-kicks and a knee to the face.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Silva

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    Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros

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    It's Over to PPV for the Final Five

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    It Was a Close Fight

    The 30-27 score was a bit iffy.

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    Raphael Assuncao Def. Marlon Moraes, Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

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    Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes: Round 3

    A big right hand from Assuncao puts Moraes off balance. The stunned fighter immediately fires back to regain some momentum, marking one of the most exciting exchanges of the entire fight. The momentary action slows back to its former pace and the crowd once again sounds frustrated. Moraes searches for a takedown after a right hand lands for Assuncao, but he's unable to complete the maneuver. Moraes goes heavy with kicks late in the fight, landing a few in the last 30 seconds.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Moraes Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Moraes

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    Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes: Round 2

    The second frame looks very much like a continuation of the first, the men settling into a methodical kickboxing match. The crowd expresses its collective distaste with the fighters' patience as the action fails to accelerate. Both men attempt to appease the restless fans with theatrical spinning techniques, but neither manage to get close to the target. Moraes lands a more mundane, but effective left hook. He gets another one in after a bodyshot.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Moraes

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    Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes: Round 1

    Moraes connects with a hard right hand early on, while Assuncao is able to land a couple less impactful punches. Moraes smacks him with another big right that Assuncao seems to wear pretty well. Assuncao continues to move forward and be the aggressor, but Moraes is letting loose whenever his opponent closes the distance. A hard left followed by a pair of big rights wobble Moraes at the end of the round.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Assuncao

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    Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes

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    It May Seem Arbitrary...

    But that's a loss Carlos wants back.

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    In a Battle of Grapplers...

    Carlos proved the superior fighter. There aren't many guys in the division that can handle Spicely on the mat, but there isn't anyone in the division that can handle Carlos there.

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    Antonio Carlos Junior Def. Eric Spicely, Submission (Round 2, 3:49)

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    Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely: Round 2

    Spicely lands a left, but his takedown effort sees him land on the bottom, Carlos in half-guard. Spicely looks to force another 50-50, but Carlos bypasses the neutral spot for Spicely's back. The Brazilian begins working for a choke. Spicely defends for a time, but eventually allows Carlos to slip his forearm under the chin. Carlos gets the tap.

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    Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely: Round 1

    Carlos lets loose with a kick, allowing Spicely to take him down. It's Carlos who attacks though, first with an omoplata then a heel-hook. The men wind up in 50-50 position, stuck in a stalemate. Carlos posture enough to land some nice hammerfists, but it's not enough to break the deadlock. It ends when the fighters scramble to their feet, effectively ending the position in a draw. Carlos, though, hasn't seen enough of the mat yet; he drags Spicely down and takes the back. He can't beat the clock with his choke.

    Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Carlos

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    Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely

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    Lopez Has Acquitted Himself Well

    He is now positioned for a meaningful fight that could propel him up the ranks.

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    Lopez Landed Several Hard Shots Before Eduardo Released

    Then he landed several more, until Eduardo was done. Then he landed several more, as Mario Yamasaki hovered. Then he landed more. Then more.

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    Matthew Lopez Def. Johnny Eduardo, TKO (Round 1, 2:57)

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    Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez: Round 1

    Eduardo opens strong with a couple of clean punches/. Lopez fires back, leading to an exchange that sees both men land. A leg-kick from Eduardo allows Lopez so score a takedown. The Brazilian looks for a leg-lock, but he bails after absorbing some hard punches to the face. Lopez continues to hammer away, posturing and thrashing away. Eduardo suffers a staggering number of punches before the referee is finally moved to intervene.

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    Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez