The Bloody Elbow group has filed its predictions for UFC 231, and while everybody who wrote up something picked Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, overall opinion is rather divided. In terms of the co-main occasion, things are split as to who’ll prevail between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It is good to have toss-up title fights like these two, is not it?
Notice: 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 elect to not do this for their own motives. By way of example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any explanationshe has no idea if he is going to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Anton Tabuena: This really is pretty straightforward to me. With any bizarre health issues, Max Holloway should fully run through Ortega here. Holloway is just better and a lot more dangerous than the rest of the folks Ortega has defeated. This is clearly still MMA and Ortega has shown that he has decent power, but he certainly won’t pick apart someone as technically adept as Holloway. I believe this will look a good deal like Ortega’s past bouts, but he’ll have a far worse beating and will not have the ability to fix that miracle comeback. Max Holloway by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: There is a degree of unsustainability into Ortega’s love of finishing fights over winning rounds, and Holloway is a masterful round winner. I’m obviously assuming we are getting the best version of Max Holloway, therefore that’s the key here. Ortega has increased tremendously as a striker, but up until this point, Holloway has proven a ridiculous chin and he’s probably not the person who you want to take part in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega loves the jumping guillotine, I suspect Holloway will be ready for this, and he is a damn great grappler in his own right. Takedowns are unlikely on both sides, and Ortega in particular has revealed himself to be not especially great at taking down his opponents in the first location. While Ortega is very dangerous predicated on what we’ve seen from him lately conflicts, I still trust Holloway to do more damage and prevent the timeless Ortega comeback. Max Holloway by decision.
Zane Simon: Ortega’s fight against Frankie Edgar was something of a revelation. He’s always been tricky, always been dangerous, but that has been the first time his striking fashion – assembled around a lot slicker moves and frequently a lack of fundamental ones – has looked like a whole game. He worked behind the jab, feinted, pulled out predictable responses and shifted up his entrances to club Frankie to unconsciousness. It was damn pretty. Additionally, it suggests that it is hard to say just how much more advanced Ortega might be now. Without seeing more consistency and variety into his game, and without visiting an ability to keep output multiple hard striking rounds, I need to select Holloway. His ability to push a speed and then to up that rate because his opponents tire, his capacity to change targets in conjunction and start up new combinations off sooner, simpler ones, just are not skills that Ortega has shown yet. And Ortega still has a background of losing rounds that he has not finished the fight in. Even with Max’s health scare, most of the questions are around Ortega’s side and nearly all of the replies are around Holloway’s. Max Holloway by decision.
Victor Rodriguez: Neither guy is going to be seeking to take the other down, and Holloway’s clinch match is lethal. Having said that, Ortega’s been a guy I have counted out in so many struggles, I feel dumb picking him against him. He ought to have a range disadvantage and Max’s frenetic pace should make this hard for him because of volume, but Ortega doesn’t get hit that much and seems to keep finding ways to pull a bunny from his hat. I still want to pick Ortega by diving to get a flying armbar in the clinch scenario, but that’s a little reckless even for me. And while I’m still concerned about the fact that we still don’t know what health concerns Holloway had last time, it seems that the guy that wears harm well and has a more complete and written approach to his strikes should be able to take over as the fight goes on and apply pressure accordingly. Max Holloway by decision.
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