The Bloody Elbow team has submitted its predictions for UFC 231, and while everybody who wrote something up picked Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, overall opinion is fairly divided. In terms of the co-main event, again things are split as to who will prevail between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It’s good to have toss-up title conflicts like these two, is not it?
Notice: Predictions are entered during the week and collected the day prior to the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and a few authors opt not to do so for their own reasons. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanationshe has no idea if he’s going 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 straightforward to me. With any bizarre health difficulties, Max Holloway should completely run via Ortega here. Holloway is just much better and far more dangerous than the rest of the people Ortega has defeated. That is obviously still MMA and Ortega has shown that he has adequate power, but he definitely won’t pick apart someone as technically adept as Holloway. I think this will look a lot like Ortega’s past spells, but he’ll have a much worse beating and will not be able to secure that miracle 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 round winner. I’m obviously assuming we are getting the ideal version of Max Holloway, therefore that’s the key here. Ortega has grown tremendously as a striker, but up until this stage, Holloway has shown a ridiculous chin and he is probably not the person who you want to take part in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega loves the leaping guillotine, I suspect Holloway is going to be prepared for that, and he’s a damn good grappler in his very own right. Takedowns are improbable on either side, and Ortega specifically has revealed himself to be not especially good at shooting down his opponents 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 avoid the classic Ortega comeback. Max Holloway by conclusion.
Zane Simon: Ortega’s struggle against Frankie Edgar was something of a sin. He has always been tricky, always been dangerous, but that has been the very first time his striking fashion – assembled around a lot slicker moves and often a lack of fundamental ones – has looked like a complete game. He worked behind the jab, feinted, drew out predictable answers and changed up his entries to club Frankie to unconsciousness. It was damn pretty. Additionally, it suggests that it is difficult to say how much more improved Ortega might be now. Without seeing more variety and consistency into his game, and without visiting an ability to maintain output multiple hard hitting rounds, I have to select Holloway. His ability to push a speed and then to up that pace because his competitors tire, his capacity to change aims in combination and open up new combinations off earlier, simpler ones, just are not skills that Ortega has shown yet. And Ortega still has a history of dropping rounds that he hasn’t finished the fight in. Despite Max’s health scare, the majority of the queries are on Ortega’s side and nearly all of the answers are on Holloway’s. Max Holloway by choice.
Victor Rodriguez: Neither man is going to be looking to take down the other, and Holloway’s clinch match is lethal. Having said this, Ortega’s been a man I’ve counted out in a lot of fights, I feel stupid picking against him. He should have a range drawback and Max’s frenetic pace must make this difficult for him due to volume, but Ortega does not get hit that much and seems 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 scenario, but that’s a little reckless for me personally. And while I am still worried about the fact that we don’t know what health issues Holloway had last time, it would appear that the man that wears damage well and has a more comprehensive and written approach to his strikes need to have the ability to take over as the battle goes on and apply pressure accordingly. Max Holloway by choice.
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