UFC 231 – Best Bets

UFC 231 – Best Bets

The Octagon returns to Toronto on Saturday night with Max’Blessed’ Holloway defending his featherweight belt against undefeated Brian’T-City Ortega at the UFC 231 headliner at Scotiabank Arena.
At early Friday night, most novels had Ortega (14-0-1 MMA, 6-0-1 UFC) listed as a -125 favorite with a total of 3.5 rounds (‘beneath’ -125,’over’ -105). Holloway had been the brief’chalk’ for several months before Thursday if the 27-year-old Ortega took over the favorite function.
Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) has won 12 consecutive battles since losing a unanimous decision against Conor’The Notorious’ McGregor at UFC Boston on August 17 of 2013. In this unbelievable run, the 27-year-old Hawaiian has completed nine of 12 foes and accumulated five fight-night bonuses.
Holloway entered the title picture in 2015 by submitting Cub Swanson, beating Charles Oliveira and earning decision victories over Cole Miller and Jeremy Stephens. Then in 2016 Holloway knocked off Ricardo Lamas by decision, enticing’The Bully’ into a swing-for-the-fences competition in the last 10 minutes of this scrap (it was barbarous!) .
The success over Lamas garnered Holloway a shot at the interim 145-pound strap contrary to former lightweight champion Anthony’Showtime’ Pettis. Holloway won the belt by simply taking out Pettis with a third-round knockout at UFC 206 at Toronto.
Next,’Blessed’ took on the mythical Jose Aldo Jr. to combine the featherweight belts. Holloway went to Aldo’s hometown of Rio and defeat him by way of third-round KO in UFC 212. Then from the rematch at Detroit in UFC 218, Holloway once again won with a third-round KO of Aldo on Dec. 2 of 2017.
Ad Coming into 2018, Holloway had the appearance of one the promotion’s most dominant champions. But he needed to withdraw from his scheduled March 3 title defense against former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar due to an injury. When Tony Ferguson was hurt doing press a week before facing Khabib Nurmagomedov for Ferguson’s interim lightweight belt, Holloway accepted an offer to confront Nurmagomedov on just six days of note.
The fight on April 7 did not happen, however, since the New York Athletic Commission compelled Holloway to quit cutting weight — out of health/safety worries — on Friday morning. He was scheduled to defend his featherweight title against Ortega at UFC 226 on July 7, however, he had been pulled in the fight due to”concussion-like symptoms”
Holloway was put on the shelf while physicians ran various tests. The health care people never quite figured out exactly what the issue was for its featherweight kingpin, but they cleared him to return to fighting. There was a whole lot of chatter concerning how Holloway’s weight reduction goes, but he stepped on the scale this morning and then hit his mark with a half-pound to spare at 144.5 pounds.
Ortega had an easy weight cut and was one of the fighters to generate his number. He’s less than 24 hours away from his shot at satisfying a lifelong fantasy.

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