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UFC 231 Betting Preview for MMA Sportsbook Players

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
UFC 231 Betting PReview

There’s a great UFC betting online event on the horizon in this weekend’s Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega. This fight has been scheduled, cancelled, and re-scheduled more than we would’ve liked. However, with the event this close, it’s safe to say that it will be finally going down this Saturday. So what UFC 231 betting action is there for sportsbook players to take advantage of? Let’s take a look at this weekend’s betting lines to find out.

UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega – Thursday, December 6th  

When: Main Card: 10 pm ET || Prelims: 8 pm ET || Early Prelims: 6:15 pm ET

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

TV: Main Card: PPV || Prelims: Fox Sports 1 || Early Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Stream: UFC TV

This weekend’s action will be headlined by a UFC Featherweight Championship bout between current champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega. As aforementioned, this fight was originally scheduled to go down at UFC 226 but Holloway was forced to pull out due to concussion like symptoms. Although the headlining match of the night is eye-catching by all intents and purposes, the co-headlining bout of the night is equally enthralling. This is because the UFC Women’s flyweight Championship bout between former Women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and former bantamweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is an MMA’s fans dream come true. These two are inarguably the best of the best when it comes to women’s MMA and watching them duke it out will undoubtedly be unforgettable.

Main Card & UFC 231 Betting Odds

Max Holloway enters this weekend’s action sporting a 19-3 professional MMA record. Anyone who has watched Holloway fight knows that ‘Blessed’ represents that new age of MMA fighter who excels anywhere. On his feet few can match the velocity and veracity of Holloway’s striking. Similarly his ground game gives him an edge over nearly anybody in the featherweight division. However, if you had to pick someone in this division who might be better on the ground than Holloway it would have to be Ortega. This is because Ortega’s jiu-jitsu is on an entirely different level. His openings, transitions and finishes are some of the most bewildering we’ve seen inside the octagon. This doesn’t mean that Holloway automatically loses this fight this weekend.

After all, Holloway is a titan in his own right. On top of that, Holloway just took care of Jose Aldo – ubiquitously considered the best featherweight of all time, two times in a row.

Brian Ortega 3½ (-125) -110 Max Holloway3½ (+105) -110
Joanna Jedrzejczyk4½ (-225) +290 Valentina Shevchenko4½ (+185) -350
Alex Oliveira1½ (-120) +110 Gunnar Nelson1½ (EV) -130
Kyle Bochniak2½ (-220) +145 Hakeem Dawodu2½ (+180) -165
Jimi Manuwa1½ (+145) +165 Thiago Santos1½ (-165) -190
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Prelims & UFC 231 Betting Odds

Brian Ortega is a perfect representative of the new class of UFC fighters. Like Holloway, Ortega can fight anywhere in the cage and excel. He’s got some great striking as we say in his 1st round knockout victory over Frankie Edgar. He’s also got some crazy submissions, evident by his submission victories over Cub Swanson and Renato Moicano. Now Ortega has his eye on a UFC championship and he won’t let anybody stand in his way. The odds are having a hard time measuring this fight up due to just how talented both fighters are. At the end of the day, it’s the mobile betting fans who win with this pairing.

Nina Ansaroff 2½ (-340) +275 Claudia Gadelha2½ (+280) -335
Jessica Eye2½ (-550) +165 Katlyn Chookagian2½ (+425) -190
Elias Theodorou2½ (-250) -120 Eryk Anders2½ (+210) EV
Gilbert Burns2½ (-170) -105 Oliver Aubin-Mercier2½ (+150) -115
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Early Prelims & UFC 231 Betting Lines

Devin Clark 1½ (-155) +475 Aleksandar Rakic1½ (+135) -650
Matthew Lopez2½ (-200) +160 Brad Katona2½ (+170) -185
Dhiego Lima1½ (-165) +315 Chad Laprise1½ (+145) -380
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