UFC 231: Holloway v Ortega Preview & Betting Tips
The UFC heads to Canada where the main event is set to be an absolute thriller
UFC 231 will be headlined with an epic Featherweight Title showdown between the champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega. The two were scheduled to fight at UFC 226 but it was subsequently postponed – now, the wait is over.
The Co-Main event features Valentina Shevchenko stepping inside the octagon against former UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a Flyweight bout.
3 KEY POINTS
- Holloway has been undefeated since 2014
- Ortega is yet to lose during his MMA career
- No fighter has ever gone the distance with Ortega
Max Holloway (19-3-0) vs. Brian Ortega (13-0-0, 1NC) – Featherweight fight
- These two men were originally scheduled to do battle at UFC 226 in July, however, Holloway was pulled from the fight due to suffering concussion-like symptoms during fight week which resulted in him being hospitalised.
- The champ, Max Holloway has been undefeated since 2014. His last defeat was to UFC sensation Conor McGregor in August 2013, where he lost via unanimous decision. Holloway has since been unstoppable and is now riding a 12-fight win streak.
- Cementing his status as the king of the Featherweight division, Holloway defeated the long-standing 145-pound champion, Jose Aldo, not once, but twice – both via third round TKO.
- Title challenger Brian Ortega is the number one Featherweight contender and is an absolute weapon inside the cage. He is currently undefeated in his MMA career, boasting a record of 14-0. An extremely well-rounded fighter, Ortega is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu back belt but is equally as lethal in the stand-up.
- Since competing in the UFC, no opponent has ever gone the distance with Ortega. He has knockout victories over Thiago Tavares, Clay Guida and Frankie Edgar and holds submission victories over Diego Brandao, Renato Carneiro and Cub Swanson.
Valentina Shevchenko (15-3-0) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-2-0)
- These women have plenty of history. The pair competed in Muay Thai before joining the UFC. In their Muay Thai careers, the two women fought each other on three occasions with Shevchenko winning all three matchups
- Shevchenko has recently moved down to Flyweight after competing in the women’s Bantamweight division. She was extremely impressive during her time in the 135-pound division, recording wins over Sarah Kaufman, Holly Holm and Julianna Pena.
- Jedrzejczyk, on the other hand, was the long-standing UFC women’s Strawweight Champion. She defended her title five times, spanning over three years, however, lost the belt to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 in November last year. In an attempt to win her title back, Jedrzejczyk booked a rematch against Namajunas but was unsuccessful once more. The two losses are Jedrzejczyk’s only two defeats in her professional MMA career.
Since then, Jedrzejczyk has decided to try her luck at Flyweight and December 9 will be her first fight in the 125-pound division.