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UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega staff picks and predictions

The Bloody Elbow team has submitted its forecasts for UFC 231, and while everybody who wrote something up chosen Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, entire opinion is fairly divided. As for the co-main occasion, things are divided as to who’ll prevail involving Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It’s excellent to have toss-up title fights such as these two, isn’t it?
Notice: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind each pick aren’t required and some authors elect to not do this for their own reasons. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses he has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with one fighter for any specific fight.
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Anton Tabuena: This really is pretty simple to me. Barring any weird health issues, Max Holloway should completely run via Ortega here. Holloway is just much better and far more dangerous than all the other folks Ortega has defeated. This is clearly still MMA and Ortega has shown that he has adequate power, but he certainly will not pick apart someone as technically adept as Holloway. I think this will seem a good deal like Ortega’s past spells, but he’ll take a far worse beating and won’t be able to secure that miracle comeback. Max Holloway by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: There is a level of unsustainability into Ortega’s love of completing battles over winning rounds, and Holloway is a masterful rounded winner. I’m obviously assuming we are receiving the best edition of Max Holloway, therefore that’s the key here. Ortega has grown tremendously as a striker, but up until this stage, Holloway has proven a ridiculous chin and he is probably not the person you want to engage in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega loves the jumping guillotine, I guess Holloway will be ready for that, and he’s a damn great grappler in his very own right. Takedowns are improbable on both sides, and Ortega specifically has shown himself to be not particularly good at shooting his opponents down in the first location. While Ortega is extremely dangerous based on what we’ve seen from him lately conflicts, I still trust Holloway to do more damage and prevent the classic Ortega comeback. Max Holloway by unanimous decision.
Zane Simon: Ortega’s struggle against Frankie Edgar was something of a sin. He’s always been tricky, always been reckless, but that was the very first time that his striking fashion – built around a lot slicker moves and often a lack of basic ones – has looked like a whole game. He worked behind the jab, feinted, drew out predictable responses and shifted 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 consistency and variety into his game, and without seeing an ability to keep output over multiple hard striking rounds, I need to pick Holloway. His ability to push a pace then to up that rate as his competitors tire, his capacity to modify aims in conjunction and open up new mixtures off earlier, simpler ones, just are not skills that Ortega has revealed yet. And Ortega still has a background of dropping rounds that he hasn’t finished the fight in. Despite Max’s health scare, most of the questions are on Ortega’s side and nearly all of the replies are around Holloway’s. Max Holloway by choice.
Victor Rodriguez: Neither guy is going to be seeking to take down the other, and Holloway’s clinch match is lethal. Having said this, Ortega’s been a guy I’ve counted out in a lot of struggles, I just feel dumb picking him against him. He should have a range drawback and Max’s frenetic pace must make this hard for him due to volume, but Ortega doesn’t get hit that much and seems to keep finding ways to pull a rabbit out of his hat. I still want to pick Ortega by diving to get a flying armbar from a clinch scenario, but that is a small reckless even for me. And while I’m still worried about the fact that we don’t understand what health concerns Holloway had time, it seems that the guy that wears damage well and contains a more complete and composed approach to his attacks should have the ability to take over as the battle continues on and apply pressure so. Max Holloway by choice.

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