UFC 231 — Best Bets

The Octagon returns to Toronto on Saturday night with Max’Blessed’ Holloway protecting his featherweight belt against undefeated Brian’T-City Ortega in the UFC 231 headliner at Scotiabank Arena.
At early Friday night, many novels had Ortega (14-0-1 MMA, 6-0-1 UFC) listed as a -125 favored with a total of 3.5 rounds (‘beneath’ -125,’over’ -105). Holloway was the brief’chalk’ for many months before Thursday when the 27-year-old Ortega took over the favourite function.
Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) has won 12 consecutive fights since losing a unanimous decision against Conor’The Notorious’ McGregor in UFC Boston on August 17 of 2013. During this unbelievable run, the 27-year-old Hawaiian has completed nine of 12 foes and accumulated five fight-night bonuses.
Holloway entered the title image in 2015 by submitting Cub Swanson, beating Charles Oliveira and making decision successes 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 contest in the last 10 seconds of the garbage (it was barbarous!) .
The victory over Lamas garnered Holloway a shot at the interim 145-pound strap against former lightweight champion Anthony’Showtime’ Pettis. Holloway won the belt by taking out Pettis with a third-round knockout at UFC 206 in Toronto.
Next,’Blessed’ took on the legendary Jose Aldo Jr. to combine the featherweight belts. Holloway went to Aldo’s hometown of Rio and beat him by way of third-round KO at UFC 212. Then from the rematch at 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 appearance of one the advertising’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 media a week before confronting Khabib Nurmagomedov for Ferguson’s interim lightweight belt, Holloway accepted an offer to face Nurmagomedov on just six days of note.
The fight on April 7 did not happen, though, since the New York Athletic Commission compelled Holloway to quit cutting weight — out of health/safety concerns — on Friday morning. He was also scheduled to defend his featherweight title against Ortega in UFC 226 on July 7, however, he was pulled from the fight because of»concussion-like symptoms»
Holloway was placed on the shelf while doctors ran different tests. The health care people never quite figured out exactly what the problem was to get its featherweight kingpin, but they nonetheless 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 lbs.
Ortega also had an easy weight cut and was among the fighters to generate his number. He is less than 24 hours off from his shot at satisfying a lifelong fantasy.

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