José Aldo vs Alexander Volkanovski: Predictions, Betting Tips, Odds & Statistics
Jose Aldo returns to the Octagon in front of his home crowd, as the Brazilian great faces Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski at UFC 237.
Tale of the tape
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Predictions & Betting Tips
There were fears for this fight after Jose “Scarface” Aldo was taken to hospital with a bacterial infection in March, but the contest goes ahead as planned – and what a contest it is. Former featherweight champion Aldo is revered in Brazil, but he faces a hard night’s work in Rio de Janeiro.
Alexander Volkanovski comes into the bout on the back of a 16-fight winning streak, with six of those in the UFC. The Australian TKO’d former title challenger Chad Mendes at UFC 232 in December, handing him the biggest win of his career. It’s some rise from the 30-year-old, after switching to the fight game from professional rugby seven years ago.
Aldo meanwhile heads into this fascinating bout after back-to-back wins against Renato Moicano and Jeremy Stephens. The former champ last tasted defeat when he came up against current kingpin Max Holloway in December 2017, and is looking for a big victory this weekend to boost his chances of another title shot.
There are reports that arguably the greatest featherweight in history will call it a day at the end of the year. Aldo wants to cap off his stellar career by lifting gold once again, and possibly retiring as the undisputed champion after a rematch with Holloway. The Brazilian comes into this fight as the division’s #1 contender, but Volkanovski has also trained his sights on the champ, as well as main eventing the UFC’s return to Australia later this year.
The wizened master versus the rising star makes for a mouthwatering match-up, especially as both fighters are trained in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Aldo’s black belt trumps Volkanovski’s brown, but the Aussie brings serious punching power and stamina into the bargain. With Scarface preferring to stand and trade shots the older he’s got, this fight could quickly descend into a brawl.
1 x 2 Odds
- Before losing his featherweight belt to Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo won seven consecutive title defences
- Alexander Volkanovski has won the only UFC fight he’s ever started as underdog in
- As well as a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Aldo also has a black belt in Luta Livre
- Volkanovski only started training in MMA in 2012, having won a Group 7 Rugby League title with the Warilla Gorillas the year before
- Volkanovski brings a superior striking accuracy into this fight – 60% to Aldo’s 45%
- However, Aldo beats his opponent 68% to 41% on grappling accuracy