National Finals Rodeo Live

Saddle up for Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas National Finals Rodeo 2018 Specials

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National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is coming to Las Vegas and to welcome the premier championship rodeo event, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is offering food specials, cold beer and live viewing of events. The iconic beer hall and garden, which always features delicious Bavarian flavors, beer imported from Munich and live entertainment, will offer a variety of specials as cowboys and cowgirls descend upon Las Vegas. 

Available exclusively during NFR, the Cowboy Platter ($20) includes jalapeño-cheddar brat, Debreziner sausage and smoked pork loin, and is served with imported sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and horseradish mustard. The Cowboy Burger ($20) features a quarter-pound all-beef burger smothered in house barbeque sauce, topped with homemade coleslaw and served with seasoned potato wedges.

Ice cold beers are always available at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. From its signature full-bodied, bottom-fermented lager to refreshing hefeweizens and rich dunkels, classic Bavarian brews are imported direct from Munich, Germany, where they are brewed according to the 500-year-old Purity Law of 1516 for pure flavor in every sip.

NFR events will be aired live on high-resolution, big screens at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, which is conveniently located between the Thomas & Mack Center and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, so fans are always able to catch the talents of the competition’s top contenders as they vie for world titles in a variety of events.

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NFR 2018 LIVE

Saddle up for Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas National Finals Rodeo 2018 Specials

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National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is coming to Las Vegas and to welcome the premier championship rodeo event, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is offering food specials, cold beer and live viewing of events. The iconic beer hall and garden, which always features delicious Bavarian flavors, beer imported from Munich and live entertainment, will offer a variety of specials as cowboys and cowgirls descend upon Las Vegas. 

Available exclusively during NFR, the Cowboy Platter ($20) includes jalapeño-cheddar brat, Debreziner sausage and smoked pork loin, and is served with imported sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and horseradish mustard. The Cowboy Burger ($20) features a quarter-pound all-beef burger smothered in house barbeque sauce, topped with homemade coleslaw and served with seasoned potato wedges.

Ice cold beers are always available at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. From its signature full-bodied, bottom-fermented lager to refreshing hefeweizens and rich dunkels, classic Bavarian brews are imported direct from Munich, Germany, where they are brewed according to the 500-year-old Purity Law of 1516 for pure flavor in every sip.

NFR events will be aired live on high-resolution, big screens at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, which is conveniently located between the Thomas & Mack Center and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, so fans are always able to catch the talents of the competition’s top contenders as they vie for world titles in a variety of events.

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NFR LIVE

Saddle up for Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas National Finals Rodeo 2018 Specials

Click Here To Watch Now

National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is coming to Las Vegas and to welcome the premier championship rodeo event, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is offering food specials, cold beer and live viewing of events. The iconic beer hall and garden, which always features delicious Bavarian flavors, beer imported from Munich and live entertainment, will offer a variety of specials as cowboys and cowgirls descend upon Las Vegas. 

Available exclusively during NFR, the Cowboy Platter ($20) includes jalapeño-cheddar brat, Debreziner sausage and smoked pork loin, and is served with imported sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and horseradish mustard. The Cowboy Burger ($20) features a quarter-pound all-beef burger smothered in house barbeque sauce, topped with homemade coleslaw and served with seasoned potato wedges.

Ice cold beers are always available at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. From its signature full-bodied, bottom-fermented lager to refreshing hefeweizens and rich dunkels, classic Bavarian brews are imported direct from Munich, Germany, where they are brewed according to the 500-year-old Purity Law of 1516 for pure flavor in every sip.

NFR events will be aired live on high-resolution, big screens at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, which is conveniently located between the Thomas & Mack Center and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, so fans are always able to catch the talents of the competition’s top contenders as they vie for world titles in a variety of events.

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MLS Cup final 2018

Live score, updates: Portland Timbers vs. Atlanta United in 2018 MLS Cup (TV channel, how to watch online)

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MLS Cup final 2018

The Portland Timbers will travel to face Atlanta United in the 2018 MLS Cup on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. PST at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Follow our live updates and key moments including video highlights below or check the latest score and stats information from the in the box provided above beginning at kickoff time. You can also watch the game live on Fubo TV with a free trial.

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After finishing fifth in the Western Conference during the regular season, the Timbers went on to beat FC Dallas in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs and oust the Seattle Sounders in an epic Western Conference semifinal series. Portland then fought back toearn a win on the road over Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference Championship series to book its spot in the 2018 MLS Cup. The Timbers are making their return to the MLS Cup for the first time since winning the 2015 MLS Cup.

Atlanta United compiled an impressive 69 points during the regular season as they finished as the runner-up for the MLS Supporters’ Shield. Atlanta then ousted New York City FC in the Western Conference semifinals before rolling past the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Championship to advance to the MLS Cup. Atlanta is hosting the 2018 MLS Cup because it compiled more points that Portland during the regular season. Over 70,000 fans could attend the 2018 MLS Cup, which would set an MLS Cup attendance record.

Portland vs Atlanta Live 2018 Free Signup Game Tv

If you are looking to watch the Portland Timbers take on Atlanta United in the 2018 MLS Cup, here’s what you need to know:

TV Channel: Fox (In Portland: Comcast 12/712); In Spanish on UniMás (In Portland: Comcast 631/647).

How to watch live stream online: Stream the game live on Fubo TV (free trial) or with Fox Sports Go (cable subscription required)

FuboTV is a paid affiliate of Advance Local Media LLC. Advance Local Media LLC may receive compensation if you access the FuboTV service through the link above.

Portland vs Atlanta

Live score, updates: Portland Timbers vs. Atlanta United in 2018 MLS Cup (TV channel, how to watch online)

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Portland vs Atlanta

The Portland Timbers will travel to face Atlanta United in the 2018 MLS Cup on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. PST at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Follow our live updates and key moments including video highlights below or check the latest score and stats information from the in the box provided above beginning at kickoff time. You can also watch the game live on Fubo TV with a free trial.

Free sing Up To watch LiveStream

After finishing fifth in the Western Conference during the regular season, the Timbers went on to beat FC Dallas in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs and oust the Seattle Sounders in an epic Western Conference semifinal series. Portland then fought back toearn a win on the road over Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference Championship series to book its spot in the 2018 MLS Cup. The Timbers are making their return to the MLS Cup for the first time since winning the 2015 MLS Cup.

Atlanta United compiled an impressive 69 points during the regular season as they finished as the runner-up for the MLS Supporters’ Shield. Atlanta then ousted New York City FC in the Western Conference semifinals before rolling past the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Championship to advance to the MLS Cup. Atlanta is hosting the 2018 MLS Cup because it compiled more points that Portland during the regular season. Over 70,000 fans could attend the 2018 MLS Cup, which would set an MLS Cup attendance record.

Portland vs Atlanta Live 2018 Free Signup Game Tv

If you are looking to watch the Portland Timbers take on Atlanta United in the 2018 MLS Cup, here’s what you need to know:

TV Channel: Fox (In Portland: Comcast 12/712); In Spanish on UniMás (In Portland: Comcast 631/647).

How to watch live stream online: Stream the game live on Fubo TV (free trial) or with Fox Sports Go (cable subscription required)

FuboTV is a paid affiliate of Advance Local Media LLC. Advance Local Media LLC may receive compensation if you access the FuboTV service through the link above.

Lomachenko vs Pedraza

Lomachenko Vs. Pedraza: How To Live Stream, Fight Preview, Purses, Odds

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Vasiliy Lomachenko won’t be facing a top-notch lightweight when he steps into the ring on Saturday night on ESPN and ESPN+. Mikey Garcia won’t be his opponent. Neither will a tall talent like Robert Easter who could make life a little tougher for Lomachenko. Instead, Lomachenko will face Jose Pedraza. And because Pedraza beat Ray Beltran, Lomachenko will get the chance to unify 135-pound titles if he can score the victory.

Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs) is a solid opponent, but he’s also a huge underdog vs. Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs). Though the early betting odds were a somewhat reasonable line of Lomachenko at -1200 and Pedraza at +700, the money has overwhelmingly came in on Lomachenko. As of Friday afternoon, Lomachenko was a -3500 favorite, meaning you’d have to bet $3,500 on him to win $100. Meanwhile, Pedraza was +1200, which means you’d earn $1,200 if you bet $100 on him to triumph.

But whenever Lomachenko—who reportedly will make about a $2 million purse vs. Pedraza’s $1 million payday—fights, it’s a must-watch for boxing fans. Here are three good reasons to tune in on Saturday.

1) Lomachenko is mortal: In his last fight, Lomachenko actually was knocked down by Jorge Linares and suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. Will that procedure hold him back in any way vs. Pedraza? Probably not. But it’s also a talking point and perhaps a cause for concern (though Lomachenko also seemed to enjoy a few months of vacation away from the sport as he recovered from a torn labrum). “I had hard sparring sessions and good preparation for this fight,” Lomachenko said. “I used all of my punches, and I think it will be the same as before [the surgery].”

2) The Beltran fight gave Pedraza confidence: Beltran, though not an elite fighter, was certainly a solid titlist, and he was scheduled to meet Lomachenko next for a big-money fight. Instead, Pedraza knocked down Beltran in the 11th round during their August match and outfought him to score a unanimous decision win. That’s given Pedraza a burst of confidence. “I have visualized all the possible scenarios,” Pedraza said. “I’ve seen myself winning. I’ve seen myself knocking him out. I’ve seen myself pulling out the victory coming from behind. The closer the fight approaches, the more I see myself with my hands held high and with the two titles on my shoulders.”

3) Lomachenko still wants Garcia: The biggest-money fight that can be made in the division is Lomachenko vs. Garcia. Instead, Garcia is opting to fight Errol Spence at welterweight, leaving Lomachenko as the top man at 135 pounds for now. But Lomachenko still is hungering for Garcia. “Seriously, I want a fight with Mikey Garcia,” Lomachenko said. “I think this fight will happen.” Even if Garcia loses to Spence—and he’s a sizable underdog for their March get together—a Lomachenko vs. Garcia fight, assuming Lomachenko beats Pedraza, would still be awfully marketable.

Lomachenko vs. Pedraza: How to live stream it

Lomachenko vs. Pedraza—along with the undercard bouts of Isaac Dogboe vs. Emanuel Navarrete for Dogboe’s junior featherweight title and Teofimo Lopez vs. Mason Menard—will air on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET and on the network’s OTT service ESPN+.

ESPN+ will also show at least four other undercard bouts beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

ESPN+ costs $4.99 per month but first-time subscribers will receive a seven-day free trial. You can try it out here.

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Max vs Brian

UFC 231 card: Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega full fight preview

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight elites Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will collide this Saturday (Dec. 8, 2018) at UFC 231 inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Oh man, this is such a great fight, so let’s everyone cross their fingers that nothing terrible happens between now and showtime. Holloway is undefeated since 2013. To be more accurate, the Hawaiian has barely struggled since that time, winning 12 straight bouts, a majority of them finishes. Against the best in the world, Holloway has appeared a tier above and largely unfazed by their attempts to halt his rise. Ortega, meanwhile, is one of the most dynamic young fighters in the world, but his climb to the strap has been different. “T-City” routinely loses rounds and is forced to rally late in the fight, but his ridiculous penchant for sudden finishes more than makes up for his early struggles.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:

Record: 19-3
Key Wins: Jose Aldo (UFC 218, UFC 212), Anthony Pettis (UFC 206), Ricardo Lamas (UFC 199), Cub Swanson (UFC on FOX 15), Jeremy Stephens (UFC 194)
Key Losses: Conor McGregor (UFC Fight Night 26), Dennis Bermudez (UFC 160)
Keys to Victory: Holloway is a man who overwhelms opponents with stellar kickboxing technique and a nonstop pace. Holloway is great from both stances, strikes from range well, can fight moving backward, and just generally never allows his opponent to find their own rhythm.

Part of what makes this fight so interesting is that the two men involved are rather similar. It’s true that Holloway does not possess Ortega’s deadly jiu-jitsu — who else does? — but the 27 year old athletes otherwise share strategies. Both are some of the division’s biggest fighters, and they both use constant offense to break down opponents en route to the finish.

As such, my strategy for both men may be more similar than expected.

In Holloway’s case, I’d really love to see him commit to breaking down Ortega’s legs. Body shots are great too, but Ortega strikes like a boxer, and the best way to bother a boxer is the kick the hell out of his legs. In the past, Ortega has ignored low kicks and still managed to overwhelm foes, but Holloway can match his size better than most. The Hawaiian’s low kicks should do damage, and he’ll have 25 minutes to enjoy the effects.

Record: 14-0 (1)
Key Wins: Frankie Edgar (UFC 222), Cub Swanson (UFC Fight Night 123), Renato Moicano (UFC 214), Clay Guida (UFC 199), Thiago Tavares (UFC Fight Night 68)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Ortega is perhaps the sport’s sharpest opportunist. A powerful boxer with some of the nastiest jiu-jitsu around, Ortega’s entire style revolves around forcing his opponent to make a mistake and ruthlessly capitalizing. “T-City” has finished all six of his UFC victories.

While Holloway’s advice was to target the legs, Ortega should be punching to the body from the beginning. This is a pair of tough bastards who have never been knocked out: they should both be trying to break the other down rather than head hunt.

Ortega is not all that great at traditional takedowns, not great enough to double leg Holloway at any rate. However, this is where Ortega’s opportunism comes into play. He doesn’t have to score a takedown if he catches Holloway’s neck as he ducks out from the clinch or jumps on Holloway following a slip. Similarly, trying to catch a kick and throwing Holloway to his back could be a path to victory for the Californian athlete.

Two of the best Featherweights ever are going to throw down in an incredible title fight before they move to 155 pounds in the next couple years.

Holloway is an incredible champion. Frankly, I think he already has an argument as the most technically sound fighter on the roster. This will technically be just his second title defense, but Holloway has already cleared out a large portion of the division’s old guard. From here on out, it’s largely Holloway’s own generation of fighters — of which Ortega appears the most dangerous — and future prospects for the Hawaiian to contend with if he can remain healthy.

Turning Ortega away is a clear signal that the “Blessed Era” is here to stay, whether at 145- or 155-pounds.

Alternatively, Ortega seems to rise to the challenge each and every time. His last two opponents were the toughest of his career by far, and he finished them quicker than all the others. If he continues this trend and stops Holloway in the first half of the fight, it really says incredible things both about Ortega’s current skill set and his future potential.

For either man, there’s definite potential for a rematch in the near future after just one or two wins. In addition, both have spoken about moving to Lightweight, another option for these young greats.

At UFC 231, Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will compete for the Featherweight crown. Which man will leave with the strap?

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 231 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega

UFC 231 card: Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega full fight preview

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight elites Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will collide this Saturday (Dec. 8, 2018) at UFC 231 inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Oh man, this is such a great fight, so let’s everyone cross their fingers that nothing terrible happens between now and showtime. Holloway is undefeated since 2013. To be more accurate, the Hawaiian has barely struggled since that time, winning 12 straight bouts, a majority of them finishes. Against the best in the world, Holloway has appeared a tier above and largely unfazed by their attempts to halt his rise. Ortega, meanwhile, is one of the most dynamic young fighters in the world, but his climb to the strap has been different. “T-City” routinely loses rounds and is forced to rally late in the fight, but his ridiculous penchant for sudden finishes more than makes up for his early struggles.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:

Record: 19-3
Key Wins: Jose Aldo (UFC 218, UFC 212), Anthony Pettis (UFC 206), Ricardo Lamas (UFC 199), Cub Swanson (UFC on FOX 15), Jeremy Stephens (UFC 194)
Key Losses: Conor McGregor (UFC Fight Night 26), Dennis Bermudez (UFC 160)
Keys to Victory: Holloway is a man who overwhelms opponents with stellar kickboxing technique and a nonstop pace. Holloway is great from both stances, strikes from range well, can fight moving backward, and just generally never allows his opponent to find their own rhythm.

Part of what makes this fight so interesting is that the two men involved are rather similar. It’s true that Holloway does not possess Ortega’s deadly jiu-jitsu — who else does? — but the 27 year old athletes otherwise share strategies. Both are some of the division’s biggest fighters, and they both use constant offense to break down opponents en route to the finish.

As such, my strategy for both men may be more similar than expected.

In Holloway’s case, I’d really love to see him commit to breaking down Ortega’s legs. Body shots are great too, but Ortega strikes like a boxer, and the best way to bother a boxer is the kick the hell out of his legs. In the past, Ortega has ignored low kicks and still managed to overwhelm foes, but Holloway can match his size better than most. The Hawaiian’s low kicks should do damage, and he’ll have 25 minutes to enjoy the effects.

Record: 14-0 (1)
Key Wins: Frankie Edgar (UFC 222), Cub Swanson (UFC Fight Night 123), Renato Moicano (UFC 214), Clay Guida (UFC 199), Thiago Tavares (UFC Fight Night 68)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Ortega is perhaps the sport’s sharpest opportunist. A powerful boxer with some of the nastiest jiu-jitsu around, Ortega’s entire style revolves around forcing his opponent to make a mistake and ruthlessly capitalizing. “T-City” has finished all six of his UFC victories.

While Holloway’s advice was to target the legs, Ortega should be punching to the body from the beginning. This is a pair of tough bastards who have never been knocked out: they should both be trying to break the other down rather than head hunt.

Ortega is not all that great at traditional takedowns, not great enough to double leg Holloway at any rate. However, this is where Ortega’s opportunism comes into play. He doesn’t have to score a takedown if he catches Holloway’s neck as he ducks out from the clinch or jumps on Holloway following a slip. Similarly, trying to catch a kick and throwing Holloway to his back could be a path to victory for the Californian athlete.

Two of the best Featherweights ever are going to throw down in an incredible title fight before they move to 155 pounds in the next couple years.

Holloway is an incredible champion. Frankly, I think he already has an argument as the most technically sound fighter on the roster. This will technically be just his second title defense, but Holloway has already cleared out a large portion of the division’s old guard. From here on out, it’s largely Holloway’s own generation of fighters — of which Ortega appears the most dangerous — and future prospects for the Hawaiian to contend with if he can remain healthy.

Turning Ortega away is a clear signal that the “Blessed Era” is here to stay, whether at 145- or 155-pounds.

Alternatively, Ortega seems to rise to the challenge each and every time. His last two opponents were the toughest of his career by far, and he finished them quicker than all the others. If he continues this trend and stops Holloway in the first half of the fight, it really says incredible things both about Ortega’s current skill set and his future potential.

For either man, there’s definite potential for a rematch in the near future after just one or two wins. In addition, both have spoken about moving to Lightweight, another option for these young greats.

At UFC 231, Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will compete for the Featherweight crown. Which man will leave with the strap?

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 231 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

Ortega vs Holloway

UFC 231 card: Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega full fight preview

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight elites Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will collide this Saturday (Dec. 8, 2018) at UFC 231 inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Oh man, this is such a great fight, so let’s everyone cross their fingers that nothing terrible happens between now and showtime. Holloway is undefeated since 2013. To be more accurate, the Hawaiian has barely struggled since that time, winning 12 straight bouts, a majority of them finishes. Against the best in the world, Holloway has appeared a tier above and largely unfazed by their attempts to halt his rise. Ortega, meanwhile, is one of the most dynamic young fighters in the world, but his climb to the strap has been different. “T-City” routinely loses rounds and is forced to rally late in the fight, but his ridiculous penchant for sudden finishes more than makes up for his early struggles.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:

Record: 19-3
Key Wins: Jose Aldo (UFC 218, UFC 212), Anthony Pettis (UFC 206), Ricardo Lamas (UFC 199), Cub Swanson (UFC on FOX 15), Jeremy Stephens (UFC 194)
Key Losses: Conor McGregor (UFC Fight Night 26), Dennis Bermudez (UFC 160)
Keys to Victory: Holloway is a man who overwhelms opponents with stellar kickboxing technique and a nonstop pace. Holloway is great from both stances, strikes from range well, can fight moving backward, and just generally never allows his opponent to find their own rhythm.

Part of what makes this fight so interesting is that the two men involved are rather similar. It’s true that Holloway does not possess Ortega’s deadly jiu-jitsu — who else does? — but the 27 year old athletes otherwise share strategies. Both are some of the division’s biggest fighters, and they both use constant offense to break down opponents en route to the finish.

As such, my strategy for both men may be more similar than expected.

In Holloway’s case, I’d really love to see him commit to breaking down Ortega’s legs. Body shots are great too, but Ortega strikes like a boxer, and the best way to bother a boxer is the kick the hell out of his legs. In the past, Ortega has ignored low kicks and still managed to overwhelm foes, but Holloway can match his size better than most. The Hawaiian’s low kicks should do damage, and he’ll have 25 minutes to enjoy the effects.

Record: 14-0 (1)
Key Wins: Frankie Edgar (UFC 222), Cub Swanson (UFC Fight Night 123), Renato Moicano (UFC 214), Clay Guida (UFC 199), Thiago Tavares (UFC Fight Night 68)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Ortega is perhaps the sport’s sharpest opportunist. A powerful boxer with some of the nastiest jiu-jitsu around, Ortega’s entire style revolves around forcing his opponent to make a mistake and ruthlessly capitalizing. “T-City” has finished all six of his UFC victories.

While Holloway’s advice was to target the legs, Ortega should be punching to the body from the beginning. This is a pair of tough bastards who have never been knocked out: they should both be trying to break the other down rather than head hunt.

Ortega is not all that great at traditional takedowns, not great enough to double leg Holloway at any rate. However, this is where Ortega’s opportunism comes into play. He doesn’t have to score a takedown if he catches Holloway’s neck as he ducks out from the clinch or jumps on Holloway following a slip. Similarly, trying to catch a kick and throwing Holloway to his back could be a path to victory for the Californian athlete.

Two of the best Featherweights ever are going to throw down in an incredible title fight before they move to 155 pounds in the next couple years.

Holloway is an incredible champion. Frankly, I think he already has an argument as the most technically sound fighter on the roster. This will technically be just his second title defense, but Holloway has already cleared out a large portion of the division’s old guard. From here on out, it’s largely Holloway’s own generation of fighters — of which Ortega appears the most dangerous — and future prospects for the Hawaiian to contend with if he can remain healthy.

Turning Ortega away is a clear signal that the “Blessed Era” is here to stay, whether at 145- or 155-pounds.

Alternatively, Ortega seems to rise to the challenge each and every time. His last two opponents were the toughest of his career by far, and he finished them quicker than all the others. If he continues this trend and stops Holloway in the first half of the fight, it really says incredible things both about Ortega’s current skill set and his future potential.

For either man, there’s definite potential for a rematch in the near future after just one or two wins. In addition, both have spoken about moving to Lightweight, another option for these young greats.

At UFC 231, Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will compete for the Featherweight crown. Which man will leave with the strap?

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 231 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

Holloway vs Ortega

UFC 231 card: Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega full fight preview

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight elites Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will collide this Saturday (Dec. 8, 2018) at UFC 231 inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Oh man, this is such a great fight, so let’s everyone cross their fingers that nothing terrible happens between now and showtime. Holloway is undefeated since 2013. To be more accurate, the Hawaiian has barely struggled since that time, winning 12 straight bouts, a majority of them finishes. Against the best in the world, Holloway has appeared a tier above and largely unfazed by their attempts to halt his rise. Ortega, meanwhile, is one of the most dynamic young fighters in the world, but his climb to the strap has been different. “T-City” routinely loses rounds and is forced to rally late in the fight, but his ridiculous penchant for sudden finishes more than makes up for his early struggles.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:

Record: 19-3
Key Wins: Jose Aldo (UFC 218, UFC 212), Anthony Pettis (UFC 206), Ricardo Lamas (UFC 199), Cub Swanson (UFC on FOX 15), Jeremy Stephens (UFC 194)
Key Losses: Conor McGregor (UFC Fight Night 26), Dennis Bermudez (UFC 160)
Keys to Victory: Holloway is a man who overwhelms opponents with stellar kickboxing technique and a nonstop pace. Holloway is great from both stances, strikes from range well, can fight moving backward, and just generally never allows his opponent to find their own rhythm.

Part of what makes this fight so interesting is that the two men involved are rather similar. It’s true that Holloway does not possess Ortega’s deadly jiu-jitsu — who else does? — but the 27 year old athletes otherwise share strategies. Both are some of the division’s biggest fighters, and they both use constant offense to break down opponents en route to the finish.

As such, my strategy for both men may be more similar than expected.

In Holloway’s case, I’d really love to see him commit to breaking down Ortega’s legs. Body shots are great too, but Ortega strikes like a boxer, and the best way to bother a boxer is the kick the hell out of his legs. In the past, Ortega has ignored low kicks and still managed to overwhelm foes, but Holloway can match his size better than most. The Hawaiian’s low kicks should do damage, and he’ll have 25 minutes to enjoy the effects.

Record: 14-0 (1)
Key Wins: Frankie Edgar (UFC 222), Cub Swanson (UFC Fight Night 123), Renato Moicano (UFC 214), Clay Guida (UFC 199), Thiago Tavares (UFC Fight Night 68)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Ortega is perhaps the sport’s sharpest opportunist. A powerful boxer with some of the nastiest jiu-jitsu around, Ortega’s entire style revolves around forcing his opponent to make a mistake and ruthlessly capitalizing. “T-City” has finished all six of his UFC victories.

While Holloway’s advice was to target the legs, Ortega should be punching to the body from the beginning. This is a pair of tough bastards who have never been knocked out: they should both be trying to break the other down rather than head hunt.

Ortega is not all that great at traditional takedowns, not great enough to double leg Holloway at any rate. However, this is where Ortega’s opportunism comes into play. He doesn’t have to score a takedown if he catches Holloway’s neck as he ducks out from the clinch or jumps on Holloway following a slip. Similarly, trying to catch a kick and throwing Holloway to his back could be a path to victory for the Californian athlete.

Two of the best Featherweights ever are going to throw down in an incredible title fight before they move to 155 pounds in the next couple years.

Holloway is an incredible champion. Frankly, I think he already has an argument as the most technically sound fighter on the roster. This will technically be just his second title defense, but Holloway has already cleared out a large portion of the division’s old guard. From here on out, it’s largely Holloway’s own generation of fighters — of which Ortega appears the most dangerous — and future prospects for the Hawaiian to contend with if he can remain healthy.

Turning Ortega away is a clear signal that the “Blessed Era” is here to stay, whether at 145- or 155-pounds.

Alternatively, Ortega seems to rise to the challenge each and every time. His last two opponents were the toughest of his career by far, and he finished them quicker than all the others. If he continues this trend and stops Holloway in the first half of the fight, it really says incredible things both about Ortega’s current skill set and his future potential.

For either man, there’s definite potential for a rematch in the near future after just one or two wins. In addition, both have spoken about moving to Lightweight, another option for these young greats.

At UFC 231, Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will compete for the Featherweight crown. Which man will leave with the strap?

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