LAS VEGAS — Alexander Volkanovski retained his UFC featherweight title in opposition to Brian Ortega with a unanimous choice victory in a struggle of the 12 months candidate in the principle occasion of UFC 266 on the T-Moblie Arena.
The scores learn 49-46, 50-45 and 50-44 nevertheless it was lots nearer than that. It was an intense battle that noticed Volkanovski use his relentless strain to put on down Ortega nevertheless it virtually ended up being his undoing within the third spherical.
With Volkanovski forward, he walked right into a proper hand that put him down. Ortega sensed the chance and pounced on his fallen opponent with the intent to submit the Australian fighter. Ortega sunk in a deep guillotine that had Volkanovski’s face altering colours as he kicked and struggled to flee. Somehow, he managed to slide out when it appeared that he’d be compelled to fall asleep. But he wasn’t out of hazard but as Ortega chained right into a triangle choke that once more had Volkanovski scrambling for air. Once once more, he escaped and detonated a sequence of bombs by way of floor and pound that just about completed Ortega.
Following the scare, Volkanovski settled down and cautiously used his strain, leg kicks and energy punching to maintain the rugged Ortega away. Volkanovski received the struggle however, extra importantly, received the respect of followers throughout the globe together with his outstanding resiliency.
In the co-main occasion, Valentina Shevchenko continued her dominance over the flyweight division by retaining her title by steamrolling Lauren Murphy and securing a fourth-round TKO.
Nick Diaz’s extremely anticipated return to the Octagon did not go fairly as deliberate as he was stopped within the third spherical by Robbie Lawler after a proper hand seemingly broke his nostril.
Here’s the way it all went down in Las Vegas.
UFC 266 dwell updates, highlights from Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Alexander Volkanovski survives scare, retains with unanimous choice over Brian Ortega
Scores: (49-46, 50-45 & 50-44)
Round 5 (1:08 a.m.): Ortega lands a proper hand and Alex strikes in, pops a jab and resets. Ortega tries a takedown however comes up quick. Volkanovski lands a mixture. Couple of jabs from Ortega and a proper hand. Alex lands a one two. Hard proper hand by Alex. two minutes left. Alex with a jab. Ortega lands three punches however Volkanovski is unbothered. Flying knee from Ortega misses. Volk catches a leg kick and lands a proper hand. Ortega lands bombs within the closing seconds. Hell of a struggle. 10-9 Ortega (49-46 Volkanovski)
Round 4 (1:01 a.m.): Ortega opens the spherical with a proper hand. Volk with a leg kick. Right hand lands and sends Volk backward. Left hand response by Alex. Ortega with a clinch and in search of a takedown. He will get it. Guillotine! Volk escapes. Here we go once more. Volkanovski is again on prime and about to go to work on Ortega’s face. They are scrambling. This is intense. Volkanovski stands and is throwing bombs which are touchdown. Volkanovski is uninterested in the bottom recreation and tells Ortega to rise up. They stand and Volk lands a mixture because the spherical ends. 10-9 Volkanovski. (40-36 Volkanovski)
Round 3 (12:54 a.m.): Leg kick almost journeys Ortega up. Volkanovski’s leg kicks are doing injury. They alternate alongside the cage and Ortega lands a proper hand on the best way out. Volkanovski’s strain is exhausting. Combination by Volkanovski bounces off of Ortega’s head. Another proper hand by Volkanovski. Ortega lands a proper hand. drops him. Sinks in a guillotine!!! Volkanovski struggles to outlive! Volkanovski sweeps! He’s on prime of Ortega and touchdown bombs. Triangle by Ortega!!!!! Volkanovski is handing on for pricey life! He escapes!!! Oh my god!! Volkanovski unloads on Ortega because the spherical involves a detailed!!! My god what a spherical. Ortega remains to be down and his face is destroyed. 10-9 Volkanovski (30-27 Volkanovski)
Round 2 (12:48 a.m.): Right cross coutner by Ortega off the leg kick. Volkanovski is pressuring Ortega. Leg kick by Ortega catches Volkanovski. Right hand lands. Volkanovski with a mixture and presses ahead. Ortega’s face is busting up fairly dangerous. Another mixture from Volkanovski. Round ends and so they press foreheads and discuss to one another. 10-9 Volkanovski (20-18 Volkanovski)
Round 1 (12:42 a.m.): Leg kicks from Alex. Ortega lands a proper hand. Both very tentative. Hard jab by Volkanovski. They alternate punches. Hard leg kick by Ortega. Ortega already has a mark on his left eye. More leg kicks by Volkanovski. He’s opening up extra. Another jab lands. Counter proper by Ortega opens a minimize on Volkanovski’s cheek. Hard left hand by Ortega and Volkanovski responds with a leg kick and extra strain. Ortega counters and rocks Alex with a proper hand. Stiff jab by Alex once more. 10-9 Volkanovski
Valentina Shevchenko obliterates Lauren Murphy with fourth-round TKO
Round 4 (12:15 a.m.): Shevchenko lands a proper hand and Murphy is like “nah, I don’t wish to be right here.” Shevchenko slips and the gang will get excited due to the extreme lack of drama on this struggle. Shevchenko lands a proper hand and a kick. Murphy stumbles and Shevchenko pounces. She’s obliterating her. They go to the bottom and Murphy is hanging on for pricey life. Shevchenko is blasting Murphy with floor and pound till the ref saves Murphy’s life. It’s over.
Round 3 (12:09 a.m.): This is a sparring session. Shevchenko lands an overhand left and is ready for Murphy to do one thing however her opponent isn’t occupied with taking possibilities. There are not any solutions for Shevchenko. She’s simply selecting her aside and making Murphy look remedial. Total domination from Shevchenko. 10-9 Shevchenko (30-27 Shevchenko)
Round 2 (12:03 a.m.): Shevchenko is unable to get a takedown however lands a mixture. Murphy has accomplished nothing of consequence but. She’s simply type of there. Counter proper hand lights Murphy up. Body kick by Shevchenko and a takedown. If you’re Murphy possibly you simply shut your eyes and hope it doesn’t damage. Murphy hanging on for pricey life and Shevchenko tries to get her leg out from half guard. One fighter is making an attempt to kill and the opposite is making an attempt to outlive. 10-9 Shevchenko (20-18 Shevchenko)
Round 1 (11:57 p.m.): Valentina lands an overhand proper as Murphy rushes in. Body kick by Shevchenko. Murphy appears to be like overwhelmed and scared to get hit. Murphy catches a leg kick however eats a proper hand for her hassle. Shevchenko’s velocity is an excessive amount of. Shevchenko chops her with a leg kick. Lands a mixture. It’s already all dangerous. Spinning backfist by Shevchenko lands. Murphy eats a counter proper hand and is taken down. Easy first spherical for Shevchenko. 10-9
Robbie Lawler makes Nick Diaz say “No Mas” with third spherical stoppage
Round 3 (11:34 p.m.): Diaz opens up and goes proper to Lawler’s physique. Left hand drops Diaz and Lawler tells him to rise up. Diaz says “naw” and quits. Fight is over.
Round 2 (11:28 p.m.): Diaz with a head kick and a mixture to start out the spherical. Lawler bulls ahead and lands a mixture and a brief knee. Diaz with three uppercuts. Diaz simply continues to select off Lawler each time he closes the gap. This is an odd struggle. But it’s enjoyable. Lawler can’t discover a gap and Diaz received’t cease punching. Diaz with a tough physique shot however Lawler retains strolling him down. He has to land one thing although to make a distinction. Lawler lands a mixture. Diaz has slowed down some extra. Lawler is touchdown with extra frequency towards the tip of the spherical and Diaz can’t discover the mark. Lawler hurts him with a physique shot and lands 5 punches in a row to shut the spherical. 10-9 Lawler (19-19)
Round 1 (11:22 p.m.): Robbie Lawler is swarming Diaz from the opening bell. Diaz appears to be like sluggish and Robbie is crisp. Diaz is speaking to Lawler and lands a physique kick. Body punch. They alternate on the within and Diaz lands a protracted proper hand. Hands are being thrown. Diaz with a mixture. Lawler with a head kick and Diaz responds with a mixture. Lawler presses ahead and Diaz simply unloads a mixture. Everything appears to be like sluggish from Diaz nevertheless it’s working. Lawler launches bombs and Diaz responds. Lawler with a mixture and it is a struggle. 10-9…Diaz?
Curtis Blaydes makes use of takedowns to upend Jairzinho Rozenstruik
11:02 p.m.: It wasn’t enjoyable however Blaydes and his wrestling (predictably) received him the victory. Strange that each one three judges scored it 30-27 when it seemed like Jairzinho Rozenstruik earned a minimum of one spherical. Nevertheless, Blaydes is again within the win column and can look to get a prime heavyweight the subsequent day out.
10:54 p.m.: The second spherical finds Blaydes somewhat extra cautious and a left hand from Rozenstruik almost took him out of the sport. Somehow, he additionally survived a flying knee and secured a takedown. But Rozenstruik did sufficient to squeeze out the spherical and let Blaydes know to not attempt any humorous enterprise.
10:47 p.m.: As anticipated, Blaydes took Rozenstruik down. He did not do a lot with it nevertheless it was sufficient to regulate the preliminary body. Rozenstruik merely can not look forward to Blaydes and must throw warning to the wind sooner or later.
Jéssica Andrade pulverizes Cynthia Calvillo for first spherical stoppage
10:26 p.m.: Jessica Andrade was simply too sturdy for Cynthia Calvillo and easily stalked her prey, blasted her with energy photographs and wore her down. Calvillo did not have the ability to land a shot to get Andrade off of her and when the spherical was about to finish, Andrade cranked up the strain, trapped Calvillo and have become the primary individual to cease her with a barrage of strikes proper earlier than the spherical ended. Brutal.
9:51 p.m.: After an totally ridiculous first spherical, Merab Dvalishvili completes the comeback by smashing Moraes into smithereens within the second spherical. He opened the correct with a proper hand and took Moraes down. For the subsequent 4 minutes he smashed him with each limb he might legally use till referee Keith Peterson cease the struggle with 35 seconds left. An completely surreal comeback.
9:45 p.m.: One of probably the most insane first rounds of the 12 months. Moraes clobbered Dvalishvili and had him lifeless to rights with a vicious hanging assault. Somehow, Dvalishvili survived, collected himself, took Moraes down and closed the spherical pummeling Moraes. Absolutely insane.
9:34 p.m.: To shut out the prelims earlier than the pay per view begins, Marlon Moraes will look to snap a two-fight dropping streak in opposition to Merab Dvalishvili. Dvalishvili is using a six-fight profitable streak however Moraes is, by far, his hardest problem.
9:30 p.m.: Dan Hooker was the fan-favorite tonight and left the followers happy with a unanimous choice victory. A bounce again for him following a heartbreaking knockout loss to Michael Chandler. The win was dominant and Hooker remains to be a significant participant within the light-weight division.
9:02 p.m.: We’re right here cageside for UFC 266 simply as Dan Hooker and Nasrat Haqparast are making their walks to the cage underneath distinctive circumstances. Both had issues entering into the United States resulting from COVID safety measures and never solely ended up attending to Las Vegas, however made weight. No matter what occurs tonight, they’re each winners in my ebook.
Volkanovski vs. Ortega begin time
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 25
- Start time: 6 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. PT
- Main card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT
- Main occasion: 12:15 a.m. ET | 9:15 p.m. PT (approximate)
UFC 266: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega takes place on September 25 with the early prelims kicking the occasion off at 6 p.m. ET, earlier than the pay-per-view essential card begins at 10 p.m. ET. Volkanovski and Ortega ought to enter the Octagon round 12:15 a.m. ET, relying on the size of the undercard bouts.
How to look at UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega
- TV channels/dwell stream: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+
The essential card for UFC 266 is obtainable within the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view value. That portion of the occasion begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Earlier fights are viewable dwell on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the main-card pay-per-view is obtainable on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 266 struggle card
- Alexander Volkanovski def. Brian Ortega by way of unanimous choice (49-46, 50-45 & 50-44)
- Valentina Shevchenko def. Lauren Murphy by way of 4th spherical TKO (punches) (4:00)
- Robbie Lawler def. Nick Diaz by way of third spherical TKO (punch) (:44)
- Curtis Blaydes def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
- Jéssica Andrade def. Cynthia Calvillo by way of 1st spherical TKO (punches) (4:54)
- Merab Dvalishvili def. Marlon Moraes by way of 2nd spherical TKO (punches) (4:25)
- Dan Hooker def. Nasrat Haqparast by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 30-26)
- Chris Daukaus def. Shamil Abdurakhimov by way of 2nd spherical TKO (punches and elbows) (1:23)
- Taila Santos def. Roxanne Modafferi by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
Fight Pass Prelims
- Jalin Turner def. Uros Medić by way of 1st spherical submission (rear bare choke) (4:01)
- Nick Maximov def. Cody Brundage by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Matthew Semelsberger def. Martin Sano Jr. by way of 1st spherical KO (punch) (:15)
- Jonathan Pearce def. Omar Morales by way of 2nd spherical submission (rear bare choke) (3:31)