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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.
As of 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 (‘under’ -125,’over’ -105). Holloway had been the brief’chalk’ for several months before Thursday when the 27-year-old Ortega took over the favourite role.
Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) has won 12 consecutive fights 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 finished nine of 12 foes and collected 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’ into a swing-for-the-fences contest in the final 10 minutes of this garbage (it was savage!) .
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 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 beat him by way of third-round KO at UFC 212. Subsequently from the rematch in Detroit at UFC 218, Holloway once again won using 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. However, he needed 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 confronting Khabib Nurmagomedov for Ferguson’s interim lightweight belt, Holloway accepted an offer to face Nurmagomedov on just six days of notice.
The fight on April 7 did not happen, though, because the New York Athletic Commission forced Holloway to stop cutting weight — from health/safety worries — on Friday morning. He had been scheduled to defend his featherweight title against Ortega in UFC 226 on July 7, however, he had been pulled from the fight due to"concussion-like symptoms"
Holloway was placed on the shelf while doctors ran various tests. The medical individuals never really figured out exactly what the issue was for 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 hit his mark with a half-pound to spare at 144.5 pounds.
Ortega had an effortless weight reduction and was one of the first fighters to generate his number. He is less than 24 hours away from his shot at fulfilling a lifelong fantasy.

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