PREVIEW: Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
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This Saturday, the UFC is in Toronto for UFC 231, where it is headlined by the leader of the Blessed Era Max Holloway and Brian Ortega. This is truly a razor close fight and shows how far MMA has evolved, as these two exemplify 2018 elite MMA skills.
Max Holloway is an interesting fighter. Unlike many champions, I can’t put my finger on any skill in particular that is world-class. I guess it would have to be his striking, as he has finished his last 3 via KO, but it isn’t as though he has the cleanest boxing technique or absurd power. And maybe that’s what MMA is growing towards: an enigma of a fighter. Max truly can beat you wherever it goes. He is a volume striker with precision, he has shown to be capable on the ground with submission wins over Andre Fili and Cub Swanson, and one of his best assets yet is his cardio. The man never gives an inch to his opponent. Add that his a willingness to take a shot on what has shown to be a very good chin, as he has yet to be finished by strikes in his MMA career, and you have a NASTY guy opposite you in the octagon. He also seems to sense a great deal of fight IQ, important for a guy going up against the division’s best here on out. Lastly, he’s just fun to watch. If you haven’t seen him yet, you’re doing yourself a disservice, and I recommend that you check him out immediately.
Brian Ortega is interesting, but not nearly as hard to figure out as Max. It is clear what he is best at, and that is his jiu-jistu. His finish against Cub Swanson was unreal, and he out grappled a grappling guy in Renato Moicano before that. A facet of his game that has gone unappreciated up until March, however, was his standup game, but his finish over Frankie Edgar changed all of that. Edgar is a legend, one of the best guys from 135-155 EVER, never been finished, and Ortega puts him out in the first round. The guy is crazy good everywhere. More than that, he has finished EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS UFC FIGHTS. He has that killer instinct, and he has shown to be good wherever a fight may go, so don’t sleep on T-City in this one.
As I previously said, this fight is razor close to call. Although we made picks on our podcast, we all admitted that this is a fight that is extremely difficult to pick. You have one guy that is on a 12 fight winning streak with his last loss coming at the hands of Conor McGregor, and on the other hand, you have a guy that is 13-0 and has finished every one of his UFC fights. Please, if you enjoy good fights, watch this one. It is the best fight that can be made in MMA in my humble opinion, and I simply do not see a world where this fight is a disappointment. Do yourself a favor, buy the PPV (or use less than ethical means if you’re a delinquent), and enjoy MMA at it’s highest level, possibly ever. That is no joke. These guys are what MMA fighters should strive for, both in and out of the cage. They are well rounded killers inside, and great ambassadors for the sport outside. And, for the last time, watch this fight: you won’t regret it.
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