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, most books 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 before 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 at UFC Boston on August 17 of 2013. During this incredible run, the 27-year-old Hawaiian has finished 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 contest in the final 10 seconds of this scrap (it was barbarous!) .
The victory over Lamas garnered Holloway a shot in the interim 145-pound strap against former lightweight champion Anthony’Showtime’ Pettis. Holloway won the belt by simply 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 into Aldo’s hometown of Rio and defeat him through third-round KO in UFC 212. Then from the rematch in Detroit in UFC 218, Holloway once more won using a third-round KO of Aldo on Dec. two of 2017.
Advertisement Coming into 2018, Holloway had the appearance of one the promotion’s most dominant champions. But 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 media a week before facing Khabib Nurmagomedov for Ferguson’s interim lightweight belt, Holloway accepted an offer to face Nurmagomedov on just six days of note.
The battle April 7 did not occur, however, since the New York Athletic Commission compelled Holloway to quit cutting weight — from health/safety worries — on Friday morning. He was scheduled to defend his featherweight title against Ortega at UFC 226 on July 7, but he was pulled in the fight because of”concussion-like symptoms”
Holloway was placed on the shelf while physicians ran different tests. The health care people never quite figured out what the issue was to get the featherweight kingpin, but they cleared him to return to fighting. There was a whole lot of chatter concerning how Holloway’s weight cut 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 also had an effortless weight cut and was among the first fighters to generate his or her number. He is less than 24 hours away from his shot at satisfying a lifelong fantasy.

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