UFC 231 Sets Attendance Record With Max Holloway's Career Performance

Max Holloway

Max Holloway

Putting aside a disastrous 2018 in which his health was called into question, the UFC's 145-pound champion outlasted a determined Brian Ortega in a UFC 231 main event that will go down as one of the best action fights of the calendar year.

Ortega also made weight, hitting the scales at 144.75 pounds. Holloway said. "We didn't get it in the [fourth] round, we got it at the finish".

"He's a tough opponent, tough guy". Ortega's left eye was nearly closed, his face bloodied.

The pair were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 226 in July.

The bout played out nearly entirely on the feet, and Ortega (15-1), of Los Angeles, had a handful of moments. "Come see me! Blessed era, baby". The jiu-jitsu ace ended up sliding off Holloway's back, however, and the opportunity was gone.

Not only did Holloway quiet critics, including a anxious Ortega, by making weight easily on Friday, he very much looked the part of pound-for-pound elite inside the Octagon thanks to his trademark volume striking and pinpoint accuracy. Holloway found his range and timing and constantly touched Ortega with jab-cross combinations. He bloodied the challenger's nose in the second round and brought the Scotiabank Arena to its feet in the fourth with an onslaught of punches. With Ortega landing 110 significant strikes, they combined for a single-fight record 400 significant strikes.

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Ortega then opened what turned out to be an insane Round 3 with clean right hands. ESPN scored every round for Holloway.

In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko finally won the title she has sought after for years with a unanimous decision victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win the vacant UFC women's flyweight championship.

Ortega was never knocked down and never appeared badly dazed, but the accumulation of punches showed on his face and in his reflexes.

Holloway said he agreed with the stoppage. With that in mind, White praised the cageside doctor for making the right decision. With Shevchenko as champion, the women's flyweight division is going to be more intriguing than ever. "The doctors are doing their job".

UFC president Dana White has said he thinks Holloway should move up after this fight. "Like I said leading up to the fight, whether it's staying down here and defending, going up to 155 or even fighting my brother, 'The Daddest Man on the Planet, ' Daniel Cormier, I'm here for all of it. Let's go!" "I'll tell you what Dana White, I want to be the No. 1 pound-for-pound".

It's not an instant title shot for Holloway, but with the colossal payday that comes with fighting McGregor, and with Holloway nearly certain to retain his pay-per-view points deal he earned by becoming the UFC featherweight champ, it could be the best option for "Blessed" if he makes his move up. I have this niche - I give undefeated fighters their first loss.

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