The Bloody Elbow group has filed its forecasts for UFC 231, and while everybody who wrote something up picked Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, entire opinion is rather divided. In terms of the co-main event, things are split as to who will prevail involving Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It is excellent to have toss-up title conflicts like these two, isn’t it?
Note: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and a few authors opt to not do so for their own motives. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses , he has no idea if he is going to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any given fight.
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Anton Tabuena: This really is fairly straightforward to me. With any bizarre health issues, Max Holloway should fully run through Ortega here. Holloway is just better and far more dangerous than all the other people Ortega has beaten. This is clearly still MMA and Ortega has proven that he has decent power, but he certainly won’t pick apart someone as technically adept as Holloway. I believe this will seem a good deal like Ortega’s past spells, but he will take a much worse beating and will not have the ability to secure that magic comeback. Max Holloway by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: There’s 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 are receiving the ideal edition of Max Holloway, therefore that is the key here. Ortega has increased tremendously as a striker, but up until this stage, Holloway has proven a ridiculous chin and he is likely not the person who you need to engage in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega loves the leaping guillotine, I guess Holloway is going to be prepared 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 good at taking his opponents down in the first location. While Ortega is extremely dangerous predicated on what we’ve seen out of him in recent fights, I still trust Holloway to do more harm and prevent the classic Ortega comeback. Max Holloway by decision.
Zane Simon: Ortega’s fight against Frankie Edgar was something of a revelation. He’s always been always been dangerous, but that was the first time his striking style – assembled around a lot slicker moves and often a lack of fundamental ones – has looked like a whole game. He worked behind the jab, feinted, pulled out predictable answers and changed up his entries 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 variety and consistency to his game, and without visiting an ability to maintain output over multiple hard hitting rounds, I need to select Holloway. His ability to push a pace then to up that pace because his competitors tire, his ability to modify aims in conjunction and start up new mixtures off sooner, simpler ones, just aren’t skills that Ortega has revealed yet. And Ortega still has a background of dropping rounds that he hasn’t completed the fight in. Despite Max’s health scare, most of the queries are around Ortega’s side and nearly all of the answers 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 man I have counted out in so many fights, I just feel stupid picking against him. He should have a range disadvantage and Max’s frenetic pace must make this hard for him due to volume, but Ortega doesn’t get hit that far and appears to keep finding ways to pull a bunny from his hat. I want to pick Ortega by diving to get a flying armbar from a clinch situation, but that’s a small reckless for me personally. And while I am still worried about the fact that we don’t know what health concerns Holloway had time, it would appear that the guy that wears harm well and contains a more comprehensive and written approach to his strikes should have the ability to take over as the battle goes on and employ pressure so. Max Holloway by decision.