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Holloway vs. Ortega • MMA News

The time has virtually arrived for UFC 231. For the ultimate time in 2018, the UFC might be returning to Canada for a pay-per-view occasion that includes two title bouts. In the primary occasion, Max Holloway will defend his UFC featherweight title in opposition to Brian Ortega. The co-main occasion will see Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk do battle for the vacant girls’s flyweight gold.

Within the lead-up to UFC 231, MMA News has been offering protection of the occasion with the newest updates and tidbits. We’ll proceed to take action tomorrow night time with dwell outcomes, highlights and post-fight goodness. Within the meantime, we’ve bought essential card predictions. Myself, Andrew Ravens, and Ed Carbajal are shelling out the picks.

Many are contemplating UFC 231 to be an important card for hardcore followers. Holloway vs. Ortega is really a title bout between two of the most effective fighters of their weight class. Each males are additionally within the prime of their careers. Then you definately’ve bought two world-class strikers competing for the ladies’s flyweight title. Whereas many imagine the 125-pound weight class is Shevchenko’s for the taking, Jedrzejczyk has different plans.

Peep how the remainder of the primary card stacks up:

  • Featherweight: Max Holloway (c) vs. Brian Ortega
  • Girls’s Flyweight: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  • Welterweight: Alex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson
  • Featherweight: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak
  • Mild Heavyweight: Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos

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Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos

Fernando Quiles Jr.: It definitely is true that Jimi Manuwa has struggled currently. The “Poster Boy” hasn’t earned a win since March 2017. Santos could also be using extra momentum having gone 6-1 in his final seven outings, however he’s vulnerable to foes with punching energy. I feel Manuwa finds the chin of Santos early for the knockout win (Prediction: Jimi Manuwa)

Ed Carbajal: Santos touts a excessive end price and received his final two fights whereas Manuwa has misplaced his final two. Santos is 4 years youthful than Manuwa and whereas that won’t look like a lot, in fight sports activities that’s a very long time. Manuwa’s final two losses should be dragging the Englishman down and having been knocked out earlier than, he could possibly be vulnerable to the ability of Santos. (Prediction: Thiago Santos)

Andrew Ravens: Santos is seeking to get handed a man who has at all times been on the verge of being within the prime tier part of his division and comes into this battle with some momentum. Manuwa has been struggling as of late however for good cause. He’s the gatekeeper to search out out who’s on the verge of getting increased within the rankings and nearer to a title shot. Santos picks up the unanimous resolution win in a troublesome but entertaining bout. (Prediction: Thiago Santos)

CONSENSUS: 2-1, Thiago Santos

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak

Fernando Quiles Jr.: After a tough begin to his UFC run, Dawodu was capable of nab a unanimous resolution victory over Austin Arnett. Dawodu proved as soon as once more that he can greatest extra skilled fighters as he did in opposition to Steven Siler. Whereas Bochniak has super grit, I’m gonna go along with Dawodu who will doubtless maintain the battle standing and get within the cleaner pictures. (Prediction: Hakeem Dawodu)

Ed Carbajal: Dawodu is without doubt one of the WSOF vets the UFC picked up when the corporate reformatted to the PFL. The monitor document of WSOF vets within the UFC has been favorable and Dawodu was undefeated earlier than he bought to the UFC. Bochniak wants a win coming off his UFC 223 loss and has had a tough time within the UFC with a 2-Three document since coming in 2016. each males’s transition into the promotion it’s exhausting to not go along with Dawodu. (Prediction: Hakeem Dawodu)

Andrew Ravens: An fascinating spot on the cardboard with two guys who’re in intriguing spots proper now of their MMA careers. Dawodu remains to be a newcomer with solely two fights below the UFC banner thus far and hasn’t fought the center tier fighters but. Even if Bochniak has been on a curler coaster journey as of late by going 2-2 in his final 4, I give him the benefit and see him profitable by unanimous resolution purely as a result of expertise. (Prediction: Kyle Bochniak)

CONSENSUS: 2-1, Hakeem Dawodu

Alex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson

Fernando Quiles Jr.: This isn’t a simple battle for Nelson to return to. Oliveira is at all times a sturdy competitor who makes life tough for his opponents on the toes and on the bottom. I feel Oliveira will get the job accomplished with relentless stress on his method to a call win (Prediction: Alex Oliveira)

Ed Carbajal: Oliveira has picked up two “Performance of the Night” bonuses and one “Fight of the Night” in his previous few fights within the UFC. It’s exhausting to look previous that when Nelson’s lengthy layoff and having misplaced his final battle. (Prediction: Alex Oliveira)

Andrew Ravens: Oliveira has been on fireplace since struggling a TKO loss to Yancy Medeiros with two straight victories. Nelson at all times brings his A-game and I see this being no totally different. Nelson may simply rebound after being starched by Santiago Ponzinibbio in his newest battle. I give Oliveira the sting right here however suppose it will likely be nearer than what individuals may suppose. Oliveira will get the break up resolution nod. (Prediction: Alex Oliveira)

CONSENSUS: Three-Zero, Alex Oliveira

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Fernando Quiles Jr.: The Muay Thai historical past between these two means that Shevchenko has the benefit on the toes. Whereas that is certainly an MMA bout, I don’t anticipate Jedrzejczyk to threaten with takedowns. She might attempt to push her opponent in opposition to the fence, however I really feel “Bullet” might be too sturdy permitting her to interrupt free usually. I can see Jedrzejczyk having her moments, however ultimately being outgunned on the toes for 5 rounds. (Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko)

Ed Carbajal: Jedrzejczyk appears to be gunning for a title since she misplaced the strawweight one to Rose Namajunas and Shevchenko has been on that path as effectively. The 2 have a historical past in Muay Thai that reveals Shevchenko can beat Jedrzejczyk within the hanging division. The MMA rule-set may make a distinction this time round however it’s exhausting to disregard Shevchenko’s body could also be quite a lot of stress for the previous strawweight champion to deal with. (Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko)

Andrew Ravens: Clearly, Shevchenko may have the hanging benefit on this battle as she’s on one other stage which is a giant shock to say contemplating that’s the sport that Jedrzejczyk performs as effectively. Jedrzejczyk has nothing to lose on this battle which makes her much more harmful. That is the title that Shevchenko believes is already hers and that mindset might result in an upset. Nevertheless, this isn’t the one battle we’ve seen between them. Shevchenko wins by unanimous resolution. (Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko)

CONSENSUS: Three-Zero, Valentina Shevchenko

Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega

Fernando Quiles Jr.: That is such a troublesome battle to name. Ortega has a transparent measurement benefit and he’s fairly the grappler. “T-City” is ready to discover the neck of his opponents usually, however when he can’t try this he’s additionally bought a stable stand-up sport. With that being mentioned, I feel Holloway will show that his stage of hanging is one thing that Ortega has by no means skilled. If “T-City” doesn’t put on the primary few pictures effectively, then it’ll be very telling. (Prediction: Max Holloway)

Ed Carbajal: Let’s sincerely hope Holloway is wholesome and previous the troubles which have pulled him off earlier playing cards this yr. That being mentioned, Ortega appears to have a power and grappling benefit over the Hawaiian champion. Holloway has proved doubters unsuitable earlier than however the wars earlier than the one at 231 might have taken their toll on the champ. Ortega has confirmed he can get knockouts simply in addition to he can get submissions and his black belt versus Holloway’s purple makes it straightforward to select Ortega. (Prediction: Brian Ortega)

Andrew Ravens: This could be the toughest choose of the yr and simply behind Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic as each guys are on the highest stage doable proper now. Holloway has had an extended layoff whereas Ortega has been getting higher and higher. Not solely the layoff however his well being issues result in a setback for the champ. Ortega submits Holloway within the third spherical, and ultimately, the UFC runs it again. (Prediction: Brian Ortega)

CONSENSUS: 2-1, Brian Ortega

Do you agree with the UFC 231 essential card predictions of the MMA News staffers? Who do you suppose will win the PPV fights? Let your voice be heard within the feedback under. Remember to keep on with MMANews.com for protection of UFC 231 all weekend.

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