UFC 212:
Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway

Saturday, Jun 3, 2017
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on June 3, 2017 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A UFC Featherweight Championship unification bout between current two-time champion José Aldo and current interim champion Max Holloway is expected to serve as the main event.

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen middleweight winner Kelvin Gastelum was expected to face former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at the event. However on April 6, he was pulled from the bout after he was flagged for a potential doping violation by USADA stemming from his most recent bout against Vitor Belfort. Gastelum tested positive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Carboxy-THC) which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish above the 180 ng/mL allowance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standard. The in-competition sample was collected on the night of Gastelum's fight on March 11 in Brazil. He has been placed on a provisional suspension as a result of the positive drug test and he will be afforded a full adjudication process. As of April 10, it has been confirmed that former Strikeforce and UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold was offered the fight and accepted it. In turn, Silva dismissed the idea a day later, citing that Rockhold is coming from a loss and because of that it wouldn't make sense. Instead, Silva floated potential matchups with Uriah Hall or a rematch with Nick Diaz. On May 1, Silva gave the UFC an ultimatum: he wants to fight 2000 Olympic silver medalist and former world champion in freestyle wrestling Yoel Romero for the interim title or he will retire.


Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway

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Max Holloway def. Jose Aldo via third-round TKO (4:13).

In a superlative performance, Max Holloway defeated Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight championship on Saturday night, starting slow and then turning up the heat to win via TKO at 4:13 of the third round of UFC 212’s main event.

The victory was not only the 11th in a row for Holloway (18-3), but marked just the second defeat in 21 fights for Aldo (26-, whose various 145-pound titles reigns between the UFC and the WEC have last a total of nearly seven years.

Vitor Belfort vs Nate Marquardt

Vitor Belfort def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision.

After a slow start, Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) turned up the tempo against Nate Marquardt (35-18-2 MMA, 13-11 UFC) and sealed a unanimous decision with a third-round surge.

The middleweight bout was part of today’s UFC 212 main card at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Claudia GAdelha vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Claudia Gadelha def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via sub (RNC) (R1, 3:03).

In a battle between two recent title contenders, Claudia Gadelha nabbed an early takedown, and it proved to be the beginning of the end for Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Moments after the fight hit the mat, Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) found Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) on her back squeezing for the rear-naked choke that would ultimately force the submission finish just a little over three minutes into the fight.

Paulo Borrachinha vs Oluwale Bamgbose

Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose via second-round TKO (1:06).

But once the storm subsided and Bamgbose (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) slowed, that’s when Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) took over, overwhelming his exhausted opponent for a TKO finish at the 1:06 mark of Round 2.

Erick Silva vs Yancy Medeiros

Yancy Medeiros def. Erick Silva via second-round TKO (2:01).

But Medeiros’ (14-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) straight punches also scored plenty of points, and in the second frame, he landed a left hook that dropped Silva (19-8 MMA, 7-7 UFC) – and set off a minor protest.

The welterweight bout opened today’s UFC 212 main card at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.