The Bloody Elbow group has submitted its predictions for UFC 231, and while everybody who wrote something up picked Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, entire opinion is fairly divided. In terms of the co-main event, things are split as to who’ll prevail between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It’s excellent to have toss-up title fights like these two, is not it?
Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected the day prior to the event. Explanations behind every choice aren’t required and some writers opt not to do this for their own motives. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any explanationshe has no idea if he’s likely to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Anton Tabuena: This really is fairly straightforward to me. Barring any weird health difficulties, Max Holloway should completely run via Ortega here. Holloway is just better and far more dangerous than all the other folks Ortega has beaten. That is obviously still MMA and Ortega has proven that he has adequate power, but he definitely won’t pick apart someone as technically adept as Holloway. I believe this will look a good deal like Ortega’s past bouts, but he will take a much worse beating and will not be able to secure that magic comeback. Max Holloway by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: There’s a level of unsustainability to Ortega’s love of completing battles over winning rounds, and Holloway is a masterful rounded winner. I’m obviously assuming we’re receiving the ideal version of Max Holloway, therefore that is the key here. Ortega has increased tremendously as a striker, but up until this stage, Holloway has shown a ridiculous chin and he is probably not the person you want to take part in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega loves the jumping guillotine, I guess Holloway is going to be prepared for that, and he’s a damn great grappler in his own right. Takedowns are improbable on both sides, and Ortega in particular has revealed himself to be not especially good at taking his opponents down in the first location. While Ortega is very dangerous predicated on what we’ve seen from him in recent fights, I trust Holloway to do more harm and prevent the timeless Ortega comeback. Max Holloway by conclusion.
Zane Simon: Ortega’s fight against Frankie Edgar was something of a sin. He’s always been tricky, always been reckless, but that was the first time that his striking fashion – built around a lot slicker moves and frequently a lack of fundamental 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. Additionally, it means that it’s hard to say how much more advanced Ortega might be now. Without seeing more variety and consistency to his game, and without visiting an ability to keep output multiple hard striking rounds, I need to select Holloway. His ability to push a pace then to up that rate because his opponents tire, his ability to change targets in conjunction and start up new mixtures off sooner, simpler ones, just are not skills that Ortega has revealed yet. And Ortega still has a history of losing rounds he has not completed the fight in. Despite Max’s health scare, the majority of the questions are around Ortega’s side and nearly all of the replies are on Holloway’s. Max Holloway by decision.
Victor Rodriguez: Neither guy is going to be looking to take down the other, and Holloway’s clinch game is deadly. Having said this, Ortega’s been a guy I’ve counted out in so many struggles, I just feel dumb picking him against him. He ought to have a range disadvantage and Max’s frenetic pace should make this difficult for him due to quantity, but Ortega doesn’t get hit that much and appears to keep finding ways to pull a rabbit from his hat. I want to pick Ortega by diving to get a flying armbar in the clinch situation, but that’s a small reckless for me personally. And while I’m still worried about the fact that we still don’t know what health concerns Holloway had last time, it would appear that the man that wears damage well and has a more complete and written approach to his strikes should be able to take over as the battle continues on and apply pressure so. Max Holloway by decision.