Saturday, December 8, 2018,
UFC 231: Holloway vs Ortega
Champion Max Holloway battles #1 Brian Ortega for the UFC Featherweight Title on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at UFC 231. Before Holloway and Ortega throw down, two #1-ranked contenders, Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk fight in a major women’s bout in the flyweight division. Check out a preview of Holloway against Ortega and Schevchenko versus Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231.
Max Holloway’s last loss was to Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night on August 17, 2013. McGregor out struck Holloway 53-23 on his way to a Round 3 unanimous decision. The loss to McGregor was Holloway’s second in a row. After losing to Conor, Holloway stepped up his game. He’s won an awesome 12 in a row. His last 3 have been championship victories over Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo twice.
Challenger Brian Ortega should push Holloway in the fight, though. Save for a no contest against Mike De La Torre at UFC Fight Night on July 26, 2014, Ortega’s also been on a massive win streak. He’s gone 6-0, including beating legend Frankie Edgar UFC 222 on the Cyborg vs Yani Kunitskaya undercard. Ortega won Performance of the Night after knocking out Edgar in Round 1. While Edgar landed 25 strikes, Ortega landed 27.
Before Ortega tries to pry away Holloway’s championship belt, Valentina Shevchenko throws down against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a battle between two of the best women fighters at UFC. Schevchenko has built her 15-3 record by mainly submitting her opponents. The Kyrgyzstani fighter lost to champion Amanda Nunes in her lone try for the belt at UFC 215. She’s hoping to beat Jedrzejczyk for another championship shot.
Jedrzejczyk won’t give up another possible championship try easily, though. She prefers to outpoint her opponents, having won 67% of her bouts via decision. The former champion lost the belt to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217. Namajunas outpointed Jedrzejczyk in the rematch at UFC 223. Jedrzejczyk knows that she must beat Schevchenko to have any hopes of regaining the belt in a third title fight against Namajunas.
Other big fights at UFC 231 include #4 Renato Moicano against #8 Mersad Bektic and #3 Claudia Gadelha against #11 Nina Ansaroff. Check out the other big fights UFC 231’s potential main card:
- • Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega
- • Valentina Shevchenko vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk
- • Renado Moicano vs Mersad Bektic
- • Claudia Gadelha vs Nina Ansaroff
- • Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos
- • Alex Oliveira vs Gunner Nelson
- • Katlyn Chookagian vs Jessica Eye
- • Devin Clark vs Alexander Rakic
- • Elias Theodorou vs Eryk Anders
When: December 3, 2018
Where: Toronto, Ontario
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Valentino Schevchencko vs.
Renato Moicano vs. Mirsad Bektic
Claudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff
Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.