UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega staff picks and predictions

The Bloody Elbow team has filed its forecasts for UFC 231, and while everyone who wrote something up chosen Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, entire opinion is fairly divided. In terms of the co-main occasion, again things are split as to who will prevail involving Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It’s good to have toss-up title fights such as these two, isn’t it?
Note: Predictions are entered throughout the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind every pick are not required and some authors opt not to do so for their own reasons. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses , he has no idea if he’s going to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any given fight.
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Anton Tabuena: This really is fairly straightforward to me. With any bizarre health issues, Max Holloway should fully run through Ortega here. Holloway is just better and far more dangerous than all the other folks Ortega has beaten. That is obviously still MMA and Ortega has proven that he has adequate power, but he certainly won’t pick apart someone as technically adept as Holloway. I believe this will seem a lot like Ortega’s past bouts, but he will have a far worse beating and won’t have the ability to fix that magic comeback. Max Holloway by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: There’s a degree of unsustainability to Ortega’s love of finishing fights over winning rounds, and Holloway is a masterful round winner. I am obviously assuming we are receiving the ideal edition of Max Holloway, so that is the key here. Ortega has increased tremendously as a striker, but up until this point, Holloway has shown a ridiculous chin and he’s likely not the person you need to take part in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega enjoys the jumping guillotine, I suspect Holloway will be prepared for this, and he’s a damn great grappler in his very own right. Takedowns are unlikely on both sides, and Ortega specifically has revealed himself to be not especially great at taking his opponents down in the first place. While Ortega is very dangerous based on what we’ve seen from him in recent fights, I still trust Holloway to do more harm and avoid the timeless Ortega comeback. Max Holloway by conclusion.
Zane Simon: Ortega’s fight against Frankie Edgar was something of a sin. He’s always been tricky, always been reckless, but that was the very first time his striking style — assembled around a lot slicker moves and often a lack of basic ones — has looked like a complete game. He worked behind the jab, feinted, pulled out predictable answers and shifted up his entrances to club Frankie to unconsciousness. It was damn pretty. It also means that it’s hard to say just how much more advanced Ortega could be now. Without seeing more consistency and variety into his game, and without seeing an ability to maintain output over multiple hard striking rounds, I have to select Holloway. His ability to push a pace and then to up that pace as his competitors tire, his ability to modify targets in conjunction and start up new mixtures off sooner, simpler ones, just are not abilities that Ortega has revealed yet. And Ortega still has a history of losing rounds 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 replies are on Holloway’s. Max Holloway by choice.
Victor Rodriguez: Neither man is going to be seeking to take the other down, and Holloway’s clinch game is lethal. Having said that, Ortega’s been a guy I’ve counted out in so many struggles, I feel stupid picking him against him. He ought to have a range drawback and Max’s frenetic pace must make this hard for him due to quantity, but Ortega does not get hit that far and appears to keep finding ways to pull a bunny from his hat. I still want to select Ortega by diving for 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 issues Holloway had time, it seems that the guy that wears damage well and has a more comprehensive and written approach to his attacks need to have the ability to take over as the battle continues on and apply pressure so. Max Holloway by decision.

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