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 up something chosen Max Holloway over Brian Ortega, entire opinion is fairly divided. In terms of the co-main event, things are split as to who will prevail between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. It’s excellent to have toss-up title conflicts such as these two, isn’t it?
Note: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected the day prior to the event. Explanations behind each choice aren’t required and some writers opt not to do so 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 straightforward to me. With any bizarre health difficulties, Max Holloway should completely run through Ortega here. Holloway is just much better and far more dangerous than the rest of the folks Ortega has beaten. That is clearly still MMA and Ortega has proven that he has adequate power, but he certainly won’t pick apart someone as technically proficient as Holloway. I think this will look a lot like Ortega’s past spells, but he will take a much worse beating and will not 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 rounded winner. I’m obviously assuming we are receiving the best version of Max Holloway, therefore that is the secret here. Ortega has increased tremendously as a striker, but until this point, Holloway has shown a ridiculous chin and he is probably not the person who you need to take part in a high-paced brawl with. Ortega enjoys the jumping guillotine, I guess Holloway will be ready for this, and he’s a damn great grappler in his own right. Takedowns are improbable on both sides, and Ortega in particular has revealed himself to be not especially great at shooting his opponents down in the first location. While Ortega is extremely dangerous predicated on what we’ve seen from him lately conflicts, I trust Holloway to do more harm 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 has always been always been reckless, but that was the first time that his striking fashion – built around a lot slicker moves and often a lack of basic ones – has appeared like a whole game. He worked behind the jab, feinted, drew out predictable answers and changed up his entrances to club Frankie into unconsciousness. It was damn pretty. It also means that it is difficult to say how much more advanced Ortega could be now. Without seeing more variety and consistency to his game, and without visiting an ability to maintain output multiple hard hitting rounds, I need to pick Holloway. His ability to push a speed then to up that pace because his opponents tire, his capacity to change aims in combination and start up new mixtures off sooner, simpler ones, just are not skills that Ortega has revealed yet. And Ortega still has a background of losing rounds that he has not completed the struggle in. Even with Max’s health scare, most of the queries are around Ortega’s side and nearly all of the answers are on Holloway’s. Max Holloway by choice.
Victor Rodriguez: Neither man will be looking to take down the other, and Holloway’s clinch game is deadly. Having said that, Ortega’s been a guy I’ve counted out in a lot of struggles, I feel stupid picking him against him. He should have a range drawback and Max’s frenetic pace should make this difficult for him due to volume, but Ortega doesn’t get hit that far and appears to keep finding ways to pull a rabbit out of his hat. I still want to select Ortega by diving to get a flying armbar in the clinch scenario, but that is a small reckless even for me. And while I am still concerned about the fact that we don’t understand what health concerns Holloway had last time, it would appear that the guy that wears harm well and contains a more complete and composed approach to his strikes should be able to take over as the fight goes on and apply pressure accordingly. Max Holloway by choice.
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