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
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
Max Holloway def. Brian Ortega via fourth-round TKO (5:00.
He was literally landing at will. Credit to Ortega, though, he kept taking a licking and kept on coming, pushing the fight even if he was getting clocked at every turn. In the end, his toughness may have cost him, as Max was glad to keep the fight on the feet, pushing the pace like only he can. After four rounds of standup action, the ringside physician felt he had seen enough damage on Brian’s face to put an end to the fight, giving Holloway his second title defense and thirteenth straight win.
Valentino Schevchencko vs.
Valentina Shevchenko defeats Joanna Jedrzejczyk to claim vacant UFC flyweight title.
Shevchenko has been through fight cancellations and close calls across two weight classes during her UFC career before finally having a title belt wrapped around her waist on Saturday night.
Shevchenko dominated game-but-undersized former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk to claim the vacant flyweight championship in the co-feature bout of UFC 231. The judges’ scores at Scotiabank Arena were 49-46 across the board for a unanimous decision.
Alex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson
Gunnar Nelson has violent finish of Alex Oliveira.
The Icelandic welterweight announced his return to the world on Saturday night at UFC 231, when he got into a dogfight with a game Alex Oliveira. Nelson used nasty elbows to set Oliveira up for the winning rear-naked choke.
He got the tap at the 4:17 mark of the second round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff
Nina Ansaroff gets unanimous nod over Claudia Gadelha
Ansaroff announced to the world she’s a force to be reckoned in the strawweight division with the biggest victory of her career on Saturday night, defeating longtime contender Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision at UFC 231. The judges’ scores were 29-28 across the board at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos
Thiago Santos knocks out Jimi Manuwa in second round.
Thiago Santos’ move up to 205 pounds continues to pay dividends.
The American Top Team product by way of Brazil was successful as a middleweight, but had to cut tremendous amounts of weight to get there.
He doesn’t have to do that at light heavyweight, and it shows in energetic fights with knockout power.
*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.