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The MMA Vivisection - UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch are back to breakdown this week’s UFC event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With picks and odds for every bout on the card. From Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega & Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valentina Shevchenko in the main & co-main event down to Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Kyle Nelson in the opening prelim.

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UFC 231 is the kind of fight card that the UFC made its reputation on years and years ago. 13 fights and almost every one of them intriguing and with a high potential for action. Max Holloway defends his title for the second time, against a challenger who has made his name off improbable comeback wins. Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk meet for the 4th time, but the first in MMA, to to see which of them can claim the now vacant flyweight title. Throw a bunch of top contenders and young prospects into the mix and this should make for a must-see night of PPV action.

If you want to get caught up on all the prelim fights for this weekends card, check out our breakdown below:

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Here’s a look at the Saturday, December 8th, UFC 231, from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Holloway vs Ortega card as it stands right now, via

Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega - 3:24
Valentina Shevchenko vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk - 23:00
Alex Oliveira vs Gunnar Nelson - 40:50
Hakeem Dawodu vs Kyle Bochniak - 49:30
Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Santos - 59:12

Claudia Gadelha vs Nina Ansaroff - 1:46
Katlyn Chookagian vs Jessica Eye - 12:01
Elias Theodorou vs Eryk Anders - 19:37
Olivier Aubin Mercier vs Gilbert Burns - 29:06

Devin Clark vs Aleksandar Rakic - 39:55
Brad Katona vs Matthew Lopez - 50:34
Chad Laprise vs Diego Lima - 1:03:58
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs Jesse Ronson - 1:07:19