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At face value, the UFC 231 main event between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega is about as good as MMA gets.
Holloway is one of the most dominant champions in the UFC today. While his reign has technically been a short one, beginning in 2017 with his TKO win over Jose Aldo, his 12-fight winning streak since 2014 has seen him almost completely clean out the featherweight division. Contenders and champions alike have been felled with such ease that it's hard to give almost anybody a chance against the Hawaiian.
The sole exception to that is Ortega. Like Holloway, Ortega has slowly but surely carved his way through the featherweight division, dispatching some of its top stars along the way. He's one of the most intriguing up-and-coming talents the UFC has hosted in recent years and in most situations would be looked at as the clear favorite to win.
Shevchenko and Jedrzejczyk—a longtime 135-pound contender and long-reigning 115-pound champion, respectively—are making fantasy a reality by meeting in the middle for a competitive, high-stakes contest. Not only that, but they enter the cage with chips on their shoulders, with Shevchenko looking to end her days as an uncrowned queen and Jedrzejczyk looking to once again live up to the "Joanna Champion" nickname. The cherry on top is the fact that they have a 12-year-old rivalry that dates back to their time on the Bangkok amateur muay thai circuit, a stretch which saw them face off in kickboxing three times.