The big events are coming thick and fast in the UFC these days, with the next one being UFC 231, which will be held in Toronto, Canada this coming Saturday night, December 8. As is the case with all big UFC events, this one will be made available on pay-per-view.
It’s a solid main card that we have on tap, with no less than 5 fights lined up and ready to go, with the Holloway/Ortega fight serving as the headliner. We are going to take a closer look at all 5 fights on the main card and make predictions for each.
Kyle Bochniak (8-3-0) Vs Hakeem Dawodu (8-1-1)
The main card gets rolling with a Featherweight bout featuring a pair of fighters somewhat light on UFC experience. Bochniak is 8-3 overall, but just 2-3 in his UFC career, which has really failed to launch thus far. He will be up against Canadian fighter Hakeem Dawodu, who has gone 1-1 in his two UFC fights, taking him to 8-0-1 overall. Dawodu is all about the power, while Bochniak tends to stay the distance. I am on Dawodu to finish this one early.
Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1) Vs Alex Oliveira (19-5-1)
Next up is a great-looking Welterweight battle between a pair of seasoned UFC fighters. Nelson comes in with a 16-3-1 record overall, with a 7-3 record in the UFC, with most of those wins coming by way of submission. On the flipside, Oliveira relies more on power to get his wins, with his career mark sitting at 19-5-1 (9-3 UFC). It’s two very contrasting styles here, and I am giving the nod to the in-form Oliveira, who has won 4 of his last 5 fights.
Jimi Manuwa (17-4-0) Vs Thiago "Marreta" Santos (19-6-0)
The Light Heavyweights are next up, and what we have here are a pair of fighters seemingly headed in opposite directions. Manauwa lost his last fight and is now just 2-3 in his last 5, taking his career record to 17-3. His opponent comes in on a decent run of form, with Santos winning 4 of his last 5 bouts to take his career mark to 19-6, with 11 of those wins coming under the UFC banner. Momentum very often counts in big fights, and Santos certainly has it, which is why I like him to win.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-2-0) Vs Valentina Shevchenko (15-3-0)
The penultimate fight on the main card is a Light Flyweight bout featuring a pair of women with very similar career stats. Shevchenko comes in at 15-3 (4-2 UFC) with most of her victories coming by way of submission. Jedrzejczyk has a 15-2 career mark and is the more experienced UFC fighter with a 9-2 record under that banner. Jedrzejczyk has made a habit of taking fights the distance, so do not be surprised to see this one go all the way, with Shevchenko being my pick here.
Max Holloway (19-3-0) Vs Brian Ortega (14-0-0)
The main event is a Featherweight battle that promises to be an absolute beauty. Ortega comes into this one putting his unbeaten record at risk, with 6 of his 14 career wins coming under the UFC banner. This may be his toughest battle yet, as he is facing as tried and tested UFC veteran in Holloway, who has a 19-3 (15-3 UFC) career record. Ortega does his best work on the mat, while Holloway often wind using power strikes. Close call here, but I am taking Holloway.
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