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UFC 231: Holloway v Ortega live stream and TV coverage exclusively on BT Sport

UFC 231: Holloway v Ortega live stream, TV and spoiler-free coverage will be provided exclusively by BT Sport in the UK and Ireland as the Hawaiian returns to the cage for the first time this year.

Featherweight champion Max Holloway returns to the Octagon for the first time in a year this weekend as he defends his UFC gold against Brian 'T-City' Ortega in the highly-anticipated main event of UFC 231 from Toronto, Canada.

The fight headlines a blockbuster card featuring the likes of Britain's Jimi Manuwa and the returning Gunnar Nelson - and BT Sport is the only place to watch all the action in the UK and Ireland until January 1, 2019.

Join now to watch UFC 231: Holloway v Ortega exclusively live on BT Sport

A Holloway v Ortega live stream will be available on the BT Sport app and on BTSport.com from 1am on Saturday night, with TV viewers able to watch on BT Sport 3 HD from the same time.

Can’t watch UFC 231: Holloway v Ortega live?

No problem. Just bookmark BTSport.com's spoiler-free replay page, which will showcase reruns of the two main fights shortly after their completion and - later - the full main and preliminary cards, too.

Full details of how to watch UFC 231 - whether live, via TV repeats or on demand - are provided below.

Who else is on the UFC 231: Holloway v Ortega fight card?

Fan favourite Holloway tops the bill at the Scotiabank Arena hoping to put the brakes on Ortega’s pursuit of a maiden world title with the challenger riding a red-hot streak of six consecutive stoppages going into the fight.

Elsewhere, former strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk will be hoping to join an elite group of fighters to have conquered two separate weight divisions when she takes on Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight world title.

Britain's Jimi Manuwa also returns to action after injury looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat when he faces Brazilian light-heavyweight Thiago Santos.

And Gunnar Nelson, a former team-mate of Conor McGregor at the Straight Blast Gym in Ireland, makes his first appearance since suffering a serious knee injury taking on Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira in a fight sure to put a smile on fans’ faces.

UFC 231 Main Card:

Featherweight: Max Holloway (c) v Brian Ortega

Women’s Flyweight: Valentina Shevchenko v Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Welterweight:  Alex Oliveira v Gunnar Nelson  

Featherweight: Hakeem Dawodu v Kyle Bochniak  

Light-heavyweight: Jimi Manuwa v Thiago Santos

UFC 231 Preliminary Card:

Women’s strawweight: Claudia Gadelha v Nina Ansaroff  

Women's Flyweight: Katyln Chookagian v Jessica Eye  

Middleweight: Eryk Anders v Elias Theodorou  

Lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier v Gilbert Burns

UFC 231 Early Preliminary Card:  

Light-Heavyweight: Devin Clark v Aleksandar Rakic  

Bantamweight: Brad Katona v Matthew Lopez  

Welterweight: Chad Laprise v Dhiego Lima  

Lightweight: Carlos Diego Ferreira v Jesse Ronson

UFC 231: Holloway v Ortega - The story so far

It’s been a long time coming – but fight fans finally look set to be treated to the featherweight showdown of the year when 145lb king Holloway returns to the Octagon to take on the division’s top-ranked contender, Brian Ortega.

Originally booked as the co-main event during the promotion’s showcase UFC 226 event alongside Cormier v Miocic, the bout was shelved 3 days before the fight with Holloway ruled unfit to compete.

At the time, the blame was attributed to “concussion-like symptoms” in a worrying statement issued by his team.

Explaining Holloway’s withdrawal from the event, it read: “He was showing concussion-like symptoms before he even started his weight cut and was rushed to the ER on Monday where they admitted him overnight. Initial scans seemed okay, and he was released Tuesday afternoon, but symptoms still continued.

“Max fought with his team to continue with the fight. He showed some improvement over the next day but was still showing obvious symptoms. After open workouts, he crashed and was very hard to wake up. When he did, he had flashing vision and slurred speech.

“He is now back in the ER for further tests.”

The news compounded a miserable year for Holloway after the Hawaiian superstar was pulled from UFC 223 in April, denying the 27-year-old a short-notice lightweight title fight against incumbent champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Volunteering to replace the injured Tony Ferguson, Holloway had only six days to prepare for the bout but was ruled out of action on weigh-in day by the New York State Athletic Commission over concerns about his weight cut.

But Holloway’s bad luck began in February when he was forced to pull out of his second featherweight title defence, shelving his scheduled bout against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in March after suffering a leg injury.

Speaking earlier this year, Holloway revealed his turbulent 2018 had contributed to recent struggles with his mental health behind the scenes.

“Depression is real and that really hit me hard,” he explained.

“I was going through a phase where I wasn’t talking to no one. Only my son. Me and my son would do stuff but I was talking to no one. If I wanted to you I would call you but if people were reaching out to me I was putting myself away.

“Don’t be scared to look for help. It’s crazy and all these guys, us athletes that keep thinking we’re superheroes. I like to think I’m a superhero but superheroes got to fight their demons too sometimes.”

Thankfully, the man nicknamed ‘Blessed’ claims he is back to his best and determined to put the past behind him with a sensational return to form at UFC 231.

A breakout 2017 saw Holloway honoured ‘Fighter of the Year’ by MMAFighting.com after dominating UFC legend Jose Aldo in back-to-back knockout victories to cement his status as the top dog in the 145lb division.

Against Brian Ortega, Holloway will have the chance to prove he has not lost a step, going toe-to-toe with one of the UFC’s most devastating finishers.

At the age of 15, Ortega was christened with the nickname ‘T-City’ by jiu-jitsu great Rener Gracie – a nod to his elite-level triangle-choke submissions – but in recent times, the Los Angeles native has proven many more strings to his bow.

The 27-year-old is currently on a tear of six consecutive stoppages during his unbeaten rout through the UFC’s featherweight roster, including three knockouts and three submission wins.

Last time out, Ortega claimed arguably the most impressive scalp of his career, becoming the first man to stop former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar with a bruising first-round KO.

If Fight of the Night victories over the likes of Cub Swanson and Renato Moicano went under the radar with some fans, Ortega’s destruction of Edgar did not – and the 14-0-1 fighter is relishing the challenge of competing for his first major world title.

“I like superfights. I want superfights,” he said.

“I want guys that I can match up well, where people don’t know what’s going to happen. Like whether the title was here or not, I feel like this is a superfight.

"I feel like it’s my destiny [to win].

“I feel like everything is coming together, and I feel like there’s bigger things also ahead. I get this weird feeling that there’s bigger things to do still, and I can’t wait to figure it out.

“Submission, KO – whatever it is, if it has me winning, I’ll take it. If I’ve got to break an arm in there and then swing it and I still win, I’ll do it. That’s how badly I want to win.”

UFC 231: Holloway v Ortega - Full BT Sport Broadcast Details

Saturday December 8 > Sunday December 9

12am: UFC 231 Countdown

All the news and build-up ahead of UFC 231 between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega in Toronto, Canada.

Available on BT Sport 3/BT Sport 3 HD, BTSport.com and the BT Sport app

1am: UFC 231: Prelims

Two hours of action from the prelims of UFC 231 to whet the appetite ahead of an unmissable five-fight main card.

Available on BT Sport 3/BT Sport 3 HD, BTSport.com and the BT Sport app

3am: UFC 231: Holloway v Ortega

After a medical scare, Max Holloway returns to the Octagon to defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega at UFC 231 in Toronto, headlining four hours of unmissable action.

Available on BT Sport 3/BT Sport 3 HD, BTSport.com and the BT Sport app

10am (approx): Full Fight Replays

Full spoiler-free replays of Holloway v Ortega and other featured bouts are made available exclusively on BT Sport's digital platforms.

Available to subscribers on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app

9pm: UFC 231 Main Card Repeat

Available on BT Sport 3/BT Sport 3 HD, BTSport.com and the BT Sport app

And there’s more…

BT Sport is the only place in the UK and Ireland to watch all the action from the UFC live until January 1, 2019 – and after UFC 231, we have two more unmissable fight cards on the horizon.

• Fight Night 143: Kevin Lee vs Al Iaquinta (December 15th)
• UFC 232: Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson (December 29th)

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