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Max Holloway will have his sights set on a 13th straight victory when he puts his UFC featherweight title on the line against Brian Ortega on Saturday as a -130 favorite on the UFC 231 betting odds.

It has been just over a year since Holloway last stepped into the octagon to successfully defend his UFC featherweight crown at UFC 218. Holloway didn’t disappoint with a third-round TKO victory in his rematch with former champion Jose Aldo, paying out on -285 odds and improving his professional record to 19-3 going into Saturday night’s bout at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

Holloway’s lengthy absence from the octagon can be largely attributed to injuries. The 26-year-old Hawaiian was scheduled to battle Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, but was forced to withdraw due to a leg injury.

He also answered the call on short notice to battle UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, but was pulled from the fight due to concerns arising from a severe weight cut. Holloway then saw a scheduled clash with Ortega at UFC 226 put on ice while he recovered from a concussion.

However, when healthy, Holloway has been dominant, finishing opponents on nine occasions during his 12-fight win streak including TKO wins in each of his past three outings.

Ortega makes his first bid for a UFC title pegged as a +100 underdog in UFC 231 betting. The 27-year-old American has earned his title shot by posting wins in six straight octagon appearances, capped by a first-round knockout of Edgar at UFC 222 as a +130 underdog.

With that win, Ortega improved his pro MMA record to 14-0, with the only blemish on his record coming at UFC on Fox 12 in July 2014, when a first-round submission of Mike De La Torre was overturned after Ortega failed a subsequent drug test.

Ortega has also racked up his fair share of performance bonuses in recent contests, claiming Performance of the Night honors in both his win over Edgar as well as his second-round submission win over Cub Swanson in a UFC Fight Night 123 clash set as a virtual pick’em.

Ortega has regularly posted wins inside the distance, finishing each of his past seven opponents, but has not competed in championship rounds since leaving the Resurrection Fighting Alliance to join the UFC in 2014.

Shevchenko Favored Over Jedrzejczyk on UFC 231 Odds

Elsewhere on the UFC 231 odds, Valentina Shevchenko is set as a lofty -350 favorite as she battles Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight championship in Saturday’s co-main event.

After falling short in her bid for the UFC women’s bantamweight crown with a split decision loss to Amanda Nunes as narrow -120 chalk at UFC 215, Shevchenko made a successful return to the women’s flyweight division with a second-round submission of Priscila Cachoeira at UFC Fight Night 125 as a massive -1200 favorite.

Jedrzejczyk makes her women’s flyweight debut sporting lengthy +265 odds. JJ is coming off a five-round unanimous decision win over Tecia Torres as a -335 favorite at UFC on Fox 30 after losing consecutive battles with Rose Namajunas that cost her the UFC women’s strawweight crown.

 

*Odds as of December 4, 2018

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