The Octagon returns to Toronto on Saturday night with Max’Blessed’ Holloway defending his featherweight belt against undefeated Brian’T-City Ortega in the UFC 231 headliner at Scotiabank Arena.
As of early Friday night, many novels had Ortega (14-0-1 MMA, 6-0-1 UFC) listed as a -125 favored with a total of 3.5 rounds (‘beneath’ -125,’over’ -105). Holloway was the brief’chalk’ for several months until Thursday if the 27-year-old Ortega took on the favorite function.
Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) has won 12 consecutive battles since losing a unanimous decision against Conor’The Notorious’ McGregor at UFC Boston on August 17 of 2013. In this unbelievable run, the 27-year-old Hawaiian has finished nine of 12 foes and accumulated five fight-night bonuses.
Holloway entered the name image in 2015 by submitting Cub Swanson, beating Charles Oliveira and making decision successes over Cole Miller and Jeremy Stephens. Subsequently in 2016 Holloway knocked off Ricardo Lamas by choice, enticing’The Bully’ to a swing-for-the-fences contest in the last 10 minutes of this scrap (it was barbarous!) .
The victory over Lamas garnered Holloway a shot in the interim 145-pound strap contrary to former lightweight champion Anthony’Showtime’ Pettis. Holloway won the belt by taking out Pettis with a third-round knockout at UFC 206 in Toronto.
Next,’Blessed’ took on the mythical Jose Aldo Jr. to combine the featherweight belts. Holloway went into Aldo’s hometown of Rio and beat him through third-round KO in UFC 212. Subsequently from the rematch at Detroit in UFC 218, Holloway once again won using a third-round KO of Aldo on Dec. two of 2017.
Advertisement Coming into 2018, Holloway had the look of one the promotion’s most dominant champions. However, he had to withdraw from his scheduled March 3 title defense against former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar because of an injury. When Tony Ferguson was hurt doing media a week before confronting Khabib Nurmagomedov for Ferguson’s interim lightweight buckle, Holloway accepted an offer to confront Nurmagomedov on just six days of notice.
The battle April 7 didn’t occur, however, because the New York Athletic Commission forced Holloway to stop cutting weight — out of health/safety concerns — on Friday morning. He was also scheduled to defend his featherweight title against Ortega in UFC 226 on July 7, however, he had been pulled in the struggle because of”concussion-like symptoms”
Holloway was put on the shelf while doctors ran different tests. The health care people never quite figured out what the problem was to get its featherweight kingpin, but they cleared him to return to fighting. There was a good deal of chatter concerning how Holloway’s weight cut would go, but he stepped on the scale this morning and then hit his mark with a half-pound to spare at 144.5 pounds.
Ortega also had an effortless weight reduction and was among the fighters to generate his or her number. He is less than 24 hours off from his shot at satisfying a lifelong fantasy.
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