UFC 231 – Best BetsPosted by mazjomedia / September 12th, 2019 / No responses
The Octagon returns to Toronto on Saturday night with Max’Blessed’ Holloway protecting his featherweight belt against undefeated Brian’T-City Ortega at the UFC 231 headliner in Scotiabank Arena.
At early Friday night, most books 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 until 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 in UFC Boston on August 17 of 2013. During this incredible run, the 27-year-old Hawaiian has completed nine of 12 foes and accumulated five fight-night bonuses.
Holloway entered the name picture in 2015 by submitting Cub Swanson, beating Charles Oliveira and earning decision successes over Cole Miller and Jeremy Stephens. Then in 2016 Holloway knocked off Ricardo Lamas by choice, enticing’The Bully’ to a swing-for-the-fences competition in the last 10 minutes of this scrap (it was barbarous!) .
The victory over Lamas garnered Holloway a shot in 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 in Toronto.
Next,’Blessed’ took on the legendary Jose Aldo Jr. to unify the featherweight belts. Holloway went into Aldo’s hometown of Rio and beat him by way of third-round KO at UFC 212. Then in the rematch in Detroit in 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 had 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 notice.
The battle April 7 did not occur, however, since the New York Athletic Commission forced Holloway to stop cutting weight — out of health/safety worries — on Friday morning. He was also scheduled to defend his featherweight title against Ortega in UFC 226 on July 7, however, he was pulled in the fight because of”concussion-like symptoms”
Holloway was put on the shelf while physicians ran different tests. The health care people never really figured out what the issue was for its featherweight kingpin, but they cleared him to return to fighting. There was a whole lot of chatter about how Holloway’s weight reduction would go, 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 effortless weight cut and was one of the first fighters to make his number. He’s less than 24 hours off from his shot at fulfilling a life-long dream.
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