The second-to-last pay-per-view of 2018 takes place as UFC 231 takes place from the Scotiabank Area in Toronto.
The principle occasion options Max Holloway defending the featherweight championship for the second time as he squares off with Brian Ortega. The co-main occasion contains a showdown for the vacant ladies’s flyweight title as Valentina Shevchenko takes on former ladies’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
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Initially, Holloway and Ortega have been scheduled to fulfill at UFC 226 in July. Nevertheless, Holloway was compelled off the cardboard on the week of the struggle due to what was described as “unknown well being points.”
Holloway (19-Three) competes for the primary time in 2018 after defeating Jose Aldo by third-round TKO at UFC 218 in December 2017. “Blessed” was set to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, however was unable to compete due to an harm. He additionally supplied to step in on quick discover to problem light-weight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. However Holloway was pulled off of the cardboard by New York State Athletic Fee, because the native of Hawaii was struggling to make weight. Holloway says he is good to go for UFC 231 and able to make a press release to shut out 2018.
Ortega (13-Zero, one no contest) final fought at UFC 222 when he stopped Frankie Edgar after stepping for the injured Holloway.
Comply with alongside for Sporting Information’ reside protection of UFC 231 starting at eight p.m. ET to see who walks out of Toronto the king of the featherweights.
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UFC 231 outcomes
9:32 p.m.: Burns def. Aubin-Mercier through unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Dominant displaying for Burns. Managed the motion on the toes and the bottom. Fortunately not attempting to pound out Aubin-Mercier. Let’s have a look at if Burns can now get on a run. He is Three-2 now in his final 5. The expertise is there. Must put all of it collectively persistently to be a contender at 155 kilos.
9:19 p.m.: Like what we noticed within the first struggle, Burns had an opportunity to complete Aubin-Mercier within the first spherical after blasting him with a left hook and a collection of vicious floor and pound punches. As a substitute of constant to hit Aubin-Mercier, Burns went for a rear-naked choke. Hopefully it would not value Burns prefer it did for Anders.
9:11 p.m.: Subsequent at UFC 228, Olivier Aubin-Mercier faces Gilbert Burns in light-weight motion. Aubin-Mercier (11-Three) had his four-fight successful streak snapped in July when he misplaced to Alexander Hernandez. Burns’ (13-Three) been uneven as of late, as he is gone 2-2. Can Aubin-Mercier placed on a present for his countrymen or can Burns spoil the social gathering?
eight:59 p.m.: Eye def. Chookagian by break up determination (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Superb struggle. Constant back-and-forth motion, however Eye gained the choice due to her exercise. She was the aggressor and repeatedly pushed the tempo with inside leg kicks and throwing two, three and four-punch combos. Three straight wins for Eye since she returned to 125 kilos. She ought to get the winner of the title struggle later within the present between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
eight:38 p.m.: Proper now at UFC 231, No. Three-ranked Katlyn Chookagian fights No. 9-ranked Jessica Eye in ladies’s flyweight motion. Chookagian (11-1) is on a great run, having gained three consecutive fights. Since returning to 125 kilos earlier this 12 months, Eye’s (13-6, one no contest) gained each of her fights. A key contest within the division because the winner is more likely to get a crack on the winner of the co-main occasion.
eight:27 p.m.: Theodorou def. Anders by break up determination (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). The misplaced alternative by Anders within the second spherical value him. Theodorou’s quantity within the third spherical gained him. Three fights, three wins in 2018 for the Canadian. Time to see Theodorou in opposition to a prime ten opponent and see if there is usually a new contender at 185 kilos.
eight:18 p.m.: Not a fan of Anders’ recreation plan within the second spherical. He rocked Theodorou on multiple event and did not attempt to end him. Get taking your time and never eager to burn your self simply in case you do not get the stoppage. However when the chance is there, take it. Could not get one other probability.
eight:03 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting Information’ reside protection of UFC 231. Beginning the motion will probably be No. 14-ranked Elias Theodorou taking over Eryk Anders in middleweight motion. Theodorou (16-2) is available in having gained back-to-back fights and 4 of his final 5 general. This would be the fourth time Anders (11-2) has competed in 2018. The previous College of Alabama soccer has gone 1-2 to this point. Each guys seeking to finish 2018 on a successful observe.
UFC 231 struggle card
- Max Holloway (c) vs. Brian Ortega for Holloway’s Featherweight title
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the Vacant Girls’s Flyweight title
- Alex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson; Welterweight
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak; Featherweight
- Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos; Gentle Heavyweight
- Cláudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff; Girls’s Strawweight
- Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jessica Eye; Girls’s Flyweight
- Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou; Middleweight
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns; Light-weight
- Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakić; Gentle Heavyweight
- Brad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez; Bantamweight
- Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima; Welterweight
- Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Jesse Ronson; Light-weight
UFC 231 newest information
– Brian Ortega explains to Sporting Information that he anticipates an all-time traditional vs. Max Holloway.
– If there’s anybody who’s sneaking into UFC 231, it’s Aleksandar Rakic. This is why.
– It has been a tough 2018 for Max Holloway. “Blessed” particulars to SN the wrestle to get to UFC 231.
– Brian Ortega had $75 to his identify when he started MMA coaching. Now, he is on the verge of changing into the UFC featherweight champion. Ortega goes via the journey with SN.