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UFC 231 — Best Bets

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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 in Scotiabank Arena.
At early Friday night, many novels 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 short’chalk’ for several months until Thursday if the 27-year-old Ortega took over the favourite role.
Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) has won 12 consecutive battles since losing a unanimous decision against Conor’The Notorious’ McGregor at UFC Boston on August 17 of 2013. In this incredible run, the 27-year-old Hawaiian has completed nine of 12 foes and collected five fight-night bonuses.
Holloway entered the name image in 2015 by submitting Cub Swanson, beating Charles Oliveira and earning decision victories over Cole Miller and Jeremy Stephens. Subsequently in 2016 Holloway knocked off Ricardo Lamas by choice, enticing’The Bully’ into a swing-for-the-fences competition in the final 10 seconds of the garbage (it was savage!) .
The success over Lamas garnered Holloway a shot at the interim 145-pound strap contrary to former lightweight champion Anthony’Showtime’ Pettis. Holloway won the belt by 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 in UFC 212. Subsequently in 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 look of one the advertising’s most dominant champions. But he needed 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 facing Khabib Nurmagomedov for Ferguson’s interim lightweight belt, Holloway accepted an offer to face Nurmagomedov on just six days of note.
The battle April 7 didn’t occur, though, since the New York Athletic Commission compelled Holloway to quit cutting weight — out of health/safety concerns — on Friday morning. He had been also scheduled to defend his featherweight title against Ortega at UFC 226 on July 7, but he had been pulled in the struggle because of»concussion-like symptoms.»
Holloway was put on the shelf while doctors ran various tests. The health care individuals never quite figured out exactly what the issue was for its featherweight kingpin, but they cleared him to return to fighting. There was a good deal of chatter concerning 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 also had an effortless weight cut and was one of the fighters to generate his or her number. He is less than 24 hours away from his shot at fulfilling a life-long dream.

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