The Bloody Elbow team has submitted its predictions for UFC 231, and while everyone who wrote up something chosen Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, entire opinion is rather divided. As for the co-main event, again things are split as to who’ll prevail involving Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It’s good to have toss-up title fights like these two, isn’t it?
Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and gathered the day prior to the event. Explanations behind every pick aren’t required and some authors elect to not do so 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 one fighter for any specific fight.
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Anton Tabuena: This is fairly straightforward to me. Barring any weird health difficulties, Max Holloway should completely run through Ortega here. Holloway is just better and far more dangerous than the rest of the people Ortega has defeated. This is clearly still MMA and Ortega has proven that he has adequate power, but he definitely will not pick apart someone as technically adept as Holloway. I think this will look a good deal like Ortega’s past bouts, but he will have a much worse beating and will not have the ability to fix that miracle comeback. Max Holloway by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: There is a level of unsustainability to Ortega’s love of finishing battles over winning rounds, and Holloway is a masterful rounded winner. I’m obviously assuming we’re getting the ideal edition of Max Holloway, therefore that’s the key here. Ortega has increased tremendously as a striker, but until this point, Holloway has shown a ridiculous chin and he’s probably not the person you want to engage in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega loves the leaping guillotine, I suspect Holloway is going to be prepared for that, and he is a damn good grappler in his own right. Takedowns are unlikely on both sides, and Ortega in particular has revealed himself to be not particularly good at shooting down his opponents in the first location. While Ortega is very dangerous predicated on what we’ve seen out of him lately fights, I still trust Holloway to do more harm and prevent the classic Ortega comeback. Max Holloway by conclusion.
Zane Simon: Ortega’s fight against Frankie Edgar was something of a sin. He’s always been always been dangerous, but that was the first time that 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, drew out predictable responses and changed up his entrances to club Frankie into unconsciousness. It was damn pretty. It also means that it’s hard to say how much more improved Ortega could be now. Without seeing more variety and consistency to his game, and without seeing an ability to maintain output multiple hard striking rounds, I have to pick Holloway. His ability to push a pace then to up that rate because his competitors tire, his ability to modify aims in combination and start up new mixtures off earlier, easier ones, just aren’t skills that Ortega has revealed yet. And Ortega still has a history of losing rounds that he hasn’t completed the fight in. Despite Max’s health scare, most of the questions are around Ortega’s side and nearly all of the answers are around Holloway’s. Max Holloway by choice.
Victor Rodriguez: Neither guy is going to be looking to take down the other, and Holloway’s clinch game is lethal. Having said that, Ortega’s been a man I’ve counted out in a lot of struggles, I just feel stupid picking against him. He ought to have a range disadvantage and Max’s frenetic pace must make this difficult for him due to quantity, but Ortega does not get hit that far and seems to keep finding ways to pull a bunny out of his hat. I want to pick Ortega by diving for a flying armbar from a clinch situation, but that is a small reckless for me personally. And while I’m still concerned about the fact that we don’t know what health concerns Holloway had last time, it would appear that the guy that wears harm well and contains a more comprehensive and written approach to his strikes should be able to take over as the fight goes on and employ pressure accordingly. Max Holloway by choice.
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