The Bloody Elbow team has filed its predictions for UFC 231, and while everyone who wrote something up chosen Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, overall opinion is rather divided. In terms of the co-main event, things are divided as to who’ll prevail involving Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It is excellent to have toss-up title conflicts like these two, isn’t it?
Notice: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind every choice aren’t required and a few authors elect to not do this for their own motives. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any excuses he has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any specific fight.
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Anton Tabuena: This really is pretty simple to me. Barring any weird health difficulties, Max Holloway should completely run via Ortega here. Holloway is just much better and far more dangerous than all the other folks Ortega has defeated. This is clearly still MMA and Ortega has shown that he has decent power, but he certainly won’t pick apart someone as technically adept as Holloway. I think this will look a good deal like Ortega’s past bouts, but he will have a far worse beating and won’t have the ability to secure that magic comeback. Max Holloway by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: There’s a degree of unsustainability into Ortega’s love of finishing fights over winning rounds, and Holloway is a masterful round winner. I am obviously assuming we are getting the best edition of Max Holloway, so that is the key here. Ortega has increased tremendously as a striker, but up until this point, Holloway has shown a ridiculous chin and he’s likely not the person you need to take part in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega enjoys the leaping guillotine, I suspect Holloway is going to be ready for this, and he is a damn great grappler in his own right. Takedowns are unlikely on both sides, and Ortega in particular has shown himself to be not particularly great at taking his opponents down in the first location. While Ortega is extremely dangerous predicated on what we’ve seen from him in recent fights, I trust Holloway to do more harm and prevent the classic Ortega comeback. Max Holloway by conclusion.
Zane Simon: Ortega’s struggle against Frankie Edgar was something of a sin. He’s always been tricky, always been dangerous, but that was the very first time his striking fashion – built around a lot slicker moves and frequently a lack of basic ones – has appeared like a whole game. He worked behind the jab, feinted, pulled out predictable responses and changed up his entrances to club Frankie into unconsciousness. It was damn pretty. It also suggests that it is hard to say how much more advanced Ortega could be now. Without seeing more consistency and variety to his game, and without seeing an ability to keep output multiple hard hitting rounds, I need to select Holloway. His ability to push a pace then to up that rate because his competitors tire, his capacity to change targets in conjunction and start up new combinations off sooner, simpler ones, just are not skills that Ortega has shown yet. And Ortega still has a history of losing rounds that he hasn’t completed the fight in. Despite Max’s health scare, most of the queries are on Ortega’s side and most of the answers are around Holloway’s. Max Holloway by choice.
Victor Rodriguez: Neither man will be seeking to take the other down, and Holloway’s clinch game is deadly. Having said this, Ortega’s been a guy I’ve counted out in so many fights, I just feel dumb picking him against him. He ought to have a range drawback and Max’s frenetic pace must make this hard for him due to volume, but Ortega does not get hit that much and seems to keep finding ways to pull a rabbit from his hat. I still want to select Ortega by diving for a flying armbar in the clinch scenario, but that’s a little reckless for me personally. And while I am still concerned about the fact that we don’t know what health concerns Holloway had last time, it would appear that the man that wears damage well and has a more comprehensive and composed approach to his strikes need to have the ability to take over as the battle continues on and apply pressure so. Max Holloway by decision.