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 in Scotiabank Arena.
At early Friday night, most novels had Ortega (14-0-1 MMA, 6-0-1 UFC) listed as a -125 favored with a total of 3.5 rounds (‘under’ -125,’over’ -105). Holloway was the brief’chalk’ for many months until Thursday when 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 in UFC Boston on August 17 of 2013. In this incredible 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 making decision victories over Cole Miller and Jeremy Stephens. Then in 2016 Holloway knocked off Ricardo Lamas by decision, enticing’The Bully’ to a swing-for-the-fences contest in the last 10 seconds of the scrap (it was savage!) .
The victory 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 using a third-round knockout at UFC 206 at Toronto.
Next,’Blessed’ took on the legendary 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 in the rematch in Detroit at UFC 218, Holloway once more won with a third-round KO of Aldo on Dec. two of 2017.
Advertisement Coming into 2018, Holloway had the look of one the promotion’s most dominant champions. However, he had to withdraw from his scheduled March 3 title defense against former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar because of 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 face Nurmagomedov on just six days of notice.
The battle April 7 didn’t happen, though, because the New York Athletic Commission compelled Holloway to quit cutting weight — from health/safety concerns — on Friday morning. He had been also scheduled to defend his featherweight title against Ortega in UFC 226 on July 7, however, he had been pulled from the struggle because of”concussion-like symptoms”
Holloway was put on the shelf while physicians ran different tests. The medical individuals never really figured out exactly what the problem was to get the featherweight kingpin, but they cleared him to return to fighting. There was a good deal of chatter concerning how Holloway’s weight cut goes, but he stepped on the scale this morning and hit his mark with a half-pound to spare at 144.5 lbs.
Ortega also had an easy weight reduction and was among the first fighters to generate his or her number. He is less than 24 hours off from his shot at fulfilling a lifelong fantasy.

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