The Bloody Elbow team has submitted its forecasts for UFC 231, and while everyone who wrote something up picked Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, overall opinion is fairly divided. As for the co-main occasion, things are divided as to who will prevail involving Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It’s excellent to have toss-up title conflicts like these two, isn’t it?
Note: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day prior to the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and a few writers opt not to do this for their own motives. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses , he has no idea if he’s 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 fairly simple 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 people Ortega has beaten. That is clearly still MMA and Ortega has shown that he has decent power, but he definitely will not pick apart someone as technically adept as Holloway. I believe this will seem a good deal like Ortega’s past bouts, but he will take a much worse beating and won’t be able to fix that magic comeback. Max Holloway by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: There is a level of unsustainability into Ortega’s love of completing battles over winning rounds, and Holloway is a masterful rounded winner. I am obviously assuming we’re receiving the ideal version of Max Holloway, so that is the secret here. Ortega has grown tremendously as a striker, but until this stage, Holloway has shown a ridiculous chin and he is probably not the person you need to take part in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega enjoys the jumping guillotine, I guess Holloway will be prepared for this, and he is a damn good grappler in his very own right. Takedowns are improbable on both sides, and Ortega in particular has shown himself to be not particularly great at shooting his opponents down in the first location. While Ortega is extremely dangerous based on what we’ve seen out of him lately conflicts, I still trust Holloway to do more damage and avoid the classic Ortega comeback. Max Holloway by unanimous conclusion.
Zane Simon: Ortega’s struggle against Frankie Edgar was something of a revelation. He’s always been always been reckless, but that has been the first time his striking fashion – assembled around a lot slicker moves and often a lack of fundamental ones – has appeared like a complete game. He worked behind the jab, feinted, pulled out predictable answers and shifted up his entries to club Frankie into unconsciousness. It was damn pretty. Additionally, it suggests that it’s hard to say how much more improved Ortega might be now. Without seeing more variety and consistency to his game, and without seeing an ability to maintain output multiple hard hitting rounds, I have to pick Holloway. His ability to push a pace and then to up that pace as his competitors tire, his capacity to change targets in conjunction and open up new mixtures off sooner, simpler ones, just are not abilities that Ortega has shown yet. And Ortega still has a history of dropping rounds he has not completed the fight in. Even with Max’s health scare, most of the queries are around Ortega’s side and most of the replies are on Holloway’s. Max Holloway by decision.
Victor Rodriguez: Neither man will be looking to take the other down, and Holloway’s clinch game is deadly. Having said that, Ortega’s been a guy I’ve counted out in so many fights, I feel dumb picking him against him. He ought to have a range drawback and Max’s frenetic pace must make this difficult for him because of volume, but Ortega does not get hit that much and appears to keep finding ways to pull a bunny out of his hat. I still want to select Ortega by diving for a flying armbar from a clinch scenario, but that’s a small reckless for me personally. And while I’m still concerned about the fact that we don’t understand what health concerns Holloway had time, it would appear that the guy that wears harm well and contains a more comprehensive and composed approach to his strikes should be able to take over as the fight goes on and employ pressure accordingly. Max Holloway by decision.