A clear difference exists between UFC 231 and most any other MMA event. There will be not one but two championship belts on the line on Saturday night from Toronto. From the men’s featherweight class is the championship matchup between champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega. And from the women’s flyweight class is Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk going for the title belt. In sum there will be a total of five main card bouts for the UFC Betting Odds. Additionally, there will be three Preliminary Card bouts that can be seen on Fox Sports 1.
UFC 231 Holloway vs. Ortega
Date and Time: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9 p.m. Eastern
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto Ontario, Canada
MMA Betting Online Odds:
UFC 231 TV Coverage: Pay Per View
UFC Featherweight champion Max Holloway is ranked #5 in the UFC pound for pound rankings. Because of this he is one of the top names and draws with the UFC Betting Odds. Overall Holloway has a career record of 19-3 and has two successful title defense wins. “Blessed” has posted nine knockout, two submission, and eight decision wins. Counter to that is one submission and two decision losses for his career. Consider Holloway is coming off back to back technical knockout wins over Jose Aldo. Both bouts were for the UFC featherweight championship and ended late in the third round.
Brian Ortega is the top ranked featherweight in the official UFC rankings. Above all Ortega has a sportsbook record of 14-0 with one no contest. Ortega has three knockout, seven submission, and four decision wins for his career. Last time out “T-City” scored a knockout win over Frankie Edgar on March 3, 2018. Moreover, the win was named UFC 222 Performance of the Night. Ortega scored a submission win over Cub Swanson on December 9, 2017 in the second round. Likewise, it was the UFC Fight Night Performance and Fight of the Night.
Valentina Shevchenko has a record of 15-3 and is the number one ranked UFC flyweight. Extending her record are four knockout, seven submission, and four decision wins. Shevchenko has one knockout and two decision losses in her career. Last bout for Shevchenko was a submission win over Priscila Cachoeira on February 18 in Brazil. And the win earned Shevchenko Performance of the Night honors for UFC Fight Night.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk is the top ranked in the official UFC strawweight rankings. By reason of her record of 15-2. Jedrzejczyk has four knockout, one submission, and 10 decision career wins. Balanced against that are one knockout and one decision career losses. Joanna won her last bout over Tecia Torres on July 28, 2018 at UFC on FOX.
Matchup to Watch
Shevchenko has the matchup advantage of a better body of work with the UFC Betting Odds. However, in the men’s championship bout Ortega is a dangerous dog with value. Indeed, Ortega has everything necessary to win the title belt over Holloway.
UFC 231 Betting Odds Picks
This championship doubleheader is not to be missed. While the women’s chalk is the pick the men’s title goes to the dog.
UFC 231 Betting Online Picks: Valentina Shevchenko and Brian Ortega
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