The second-to-last pay-per-view of 2018 takes place as UFC 231 takes place from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The main event features Max Holloway defending the featherweight championship for the second time as he squares off with Brian Ortega. The co-main event features a showdown for the vacant women’s flyweight title as Valentina Shevchenko takes on former women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
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Originally, Holloway and Ortega were scheduled to meet at UFC 226 in July. However, Holloway was forced off the card on the week of the fight because of what was described as “unknown health issues.”
Holloway (19-3) competes for the first 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, but was unable to compete because of an injury. He also offered to step in on short notice to challenge lightweight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. But Holloway was pulled off of the card by New York State Athletic Commission, as the native of Hawaii was struggling to make weight. Holloway says he’s good to go for UFC 231 and ready to make a statement to close out 2018.
Ortega (13-0, one no contest) last fought at UFC 222 when he stopped Frankie Edgar after stepping for the injured Holloway.
Follow along for Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC 231 beginning at 8 p.m. ET to see who walks out of Toronto the king of the featherweights.
UFC 231 fight card
- Max Holloway (c) vs. Brian Ortega for Holloway’s Featherweight title
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the Vacant Women’s Flyweight title
- Alex Oliveira vs. Gunnar Nelson; Welterweight
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak; Featherweight
- Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos; Light Heavyweight
- Cláudia Gadelha vs. Nina Ansaroff; Women’s Strawweight
- Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jessica Eye; Women’s Flyweight
- Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou; Middleweight
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns; Lightweight
- Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakić; Light Heavyweight
- Brad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez; Bantamweight
- Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima; Welterweight
- Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Jesse Ronson; Lightweight
– Brian Ortega explains to Sporting News that he anticipates an all-time classic vs. Max Holloway.
– If there’s anyone who is sneaking into UFC 231, it is Aleksandar Rakic. Here’s why. It has been a rough 2018 for Max Holloway. “Blessed” details to SN the struggle to get to UFC 231. Brian Ortega had $75 to his name when he began MMA training. Now, he’s on the verge of becoming the UFC featherweight champion. Ortega goes through the journey with SN.