Future stars of mixed martial arts will be on display this coming Saturday night as Casablanca Resort & Casino plays host to Mayhem in Mesquite XIII.
Since 2003 the TuffNuff promotion based here in Las Vegas has showcased many of the sport’s biggest names such as Ronda Rousey, Alan Jouban, and Jon Fitch just to name a few. In fact, rest assured some of the very best amateur prospects in combat sports will look to take one step closer to realizing their dream by claiming a victory on Saturday.
Mayhem Weekend kicks off with a free admissions weigh-in on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. PT inside Skydome Lounge. This gives fans the opportunity to see the fighters face off after making weight, which is always entertaining. At 8:30 p.m. the host of the very popular “MMA Roasted” podcast Adam Hunter, is scheduled inside Casablanca Showroom. And then at 10 p.m. PT the Women of Rock take over the stage to pay tribute to the likes of Pat Benatar, Heart, and many other famous female rock and roll stars.
As you can see, these Mayhem events are very well organized to provide fight fans with an unforgettable time throughout the entire weekend. I believe the overall fan experience is the main reason they continue to be greatly anticipated and so successful. Don’t get me wrong, the action inside the cage on fight night has never disappointed either, but it’s the access that’s most enticing. Very rarely do we fans have an opportunity to be this close to it all.
Finally the doors will open at 6 on Saturday for “Mayhem in Mesquite XIII”, with the first bout scheduled for 7. General admissions tickets are only $13 and VIP seating just $30. The VIP seats are located in the first 3 rows, allowing you to be right up close to the cage. “Mayhem” is an unrivaled 48 hour mma experience.
Let’s quickly look at the main-event between former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-3) and current title holder Max Holloway (18-3).
The betting line opened with Holloway listed as a -250 favorite and the take-back on Aldo +220. But some early money on the champ has forced bookmakers to adjust and Holloway is now as high as -300. This price reflects a major change from their first fight back in June of this year when Aldo entered the Octagon as a -150 betting favorite at home in Brazil.
Max went on to shock many by finishing Aldo in round 3 by TKO-KO, and was actually scheduled to make his first title defense against Frankie Edgar. But an injury suffered by the challenger just 3 weeks before UFC 218 left Holloway without a dance partner in the main-event. That was until Aldo pushed for a rematch and that is why we get to see them run it back just 4 months since that first meeting.
I’m certain that Holloway’s confidence is at an all-time high and that is not good for his opponent. Look for Holloway to be cautious early since Aldo took the fight on short notice and his cardio may be an issue, which could force him to come out very fast and try to finish it early. Also, Holloway was training for Edgar who has one of the best gas tanks in the sport so I expect his conditioning to be at its peak for this fight.
The champion is very patient and has become very efficient and pacing himself and the fight to his liking. Holloway knows how to put pressure on opponents and also when it’s best to slow it down and counter. He’s much quicker on his feet and his movement gave Aldo a lot of problems the last time.
I was hoping the “Aldo” name would attract enough casual bettors to make the price more attractive on Holloway, but so far that hasn’t been the case.