UFC 231 Live: Holloway vs Ortega Full Fight is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on December 8, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
UFC 231 Live: Holloway vs Ortega Full Fight
A bout for the vacant UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship between former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship challenger.
A middleweight bout between former interim UFC Middleweight Championship challenger (as well as 2000 Olympic silver medalist and world champion in freestyle wrestling) Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa was scheduled for the event. However, Romero indicated in mid-August that while he has been cleared to fight, his doctors have recommended that he wait another four to five months (early 2019) to allow facial injuries incurred during his most recent fight to fully heal.
A bantamweight bout between Brian Kelleher and Domingo Pilarte was expected to take place at the event. However on October 10, it was reported that Pilarte pulled out due to injury and was replaced by Montel Jackson.
A middleweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Champions Luke Rockhold (also former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion) and Chris Weidman was expected to take place at the event. Ruslan Magomedov was expected to face Marcos Rogério de Lima at the event. However on October 24, it was reported that he pulled out of the event due to visa issues and was replaced by Adam Wieczorek.
At the weigh-ins, Sijara Eubanks and Brian Kelleher both missed the required weight for their respective fights. Eubanks weighed in at 127.2 pounds, 1.2 pound over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. Meanwhile, Kelleher weighed in at 137 pounds, 1 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136. Both Eubanks and Kelleher were fined 20 percent of their purse, which went to their opponent Roxanne Modafferi and Montel Jackson.