UFC 266 packs plenty of Star Power on Saturday’s main card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Alexander Volkanovsk holds his UFC Featherweight Championship against Brian Ortega. The two, who coached against each other in Ultimate Fighter, did not lose any love, and were due to clash in the UFC 200 at the UFC 200 in March until a positive test for the Volkanovsky Kovid-1 for.
Volkanovsky did not fight after defending the title against Max Hallway in July 2020, winning by a controversial split decision. Volkanovsky brought a perfect 9-0 record in Saturday’s fight with Ortega at the UFC.
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After nearly two years of vacation after his defeat to Hallway, Ortega successfully returned to Octagon last October with an impressive victory over Chan Sung Jong.
Saturday’s main card also includes the return of Nick Diaz. In the main event of UFC 183, Anderson lost to Silver and did not set foot inside the six-year-old octagon. Fighting, Diaz’s return to the UFC at the age of 38 has excited a lot of fans because of his status as a fan hero.
UFC 266 live update, highlight from Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Valentina Shevchenko finishes Lauren Murphy with fourth round TKO
Round 4 (12:15 am): Shevchenko lands a right hand and Murphy says “Nah, I don’t want to be here.” Shevchenko slips and the crowd is agitated by the acute lack of drama in this fight. Shevchenko has a right hand and a kick. Murphy stumbles and Shevchenko jumps. She’s extinct him. They go to the ground and Murphy is hanging out for a favorite life. Shevchenko is pushing Murphy with mud and pounds until the reference saves Murphy’s life. It’s over.
Round 3 (12:09 am): This is a contentious session. Shevchenko lands an overhand left and Murphy is waiting to do something but his opponent is not interested in taking a chance. Shevchenko has no answer. She’s just isolating him and making Murphy curable. Complete dominance from Shevchenko. 10-9 Shevchenko (30-27 Shevchenko)
Round 2 (12:03 am): Shevchenko is unable to get a takedown but a combination land. Murphy has yet to make any headway. She’s right there. Right hand counter light Murphy up. Body kick and a takedown by Shevchenko. If you’re Murphy, you just close your eyes and hope it doesn’t hurt. Murphy is hanging out for the beloved life and Shevchenko tries to get his foot out of the half guard. One fighter is trying to kill and the other is trying to survive. 10-9 Shevchenko (20-18 Shevchenko)
Round 1 (11:57 pm): Valentina moved to the far right when Murphy came running. Shevchenko’s body kick. Murphy is overwhelmed and afraid to get hurt. Murphy catches a leg kick but eats the right hand for his pain. Shevchenko’s speed is much higher. Shevchenko grabbed him with a leg kick. A combination landing. It’s all bad already. Backfist spinning by Shevchenko land. Murphy eats a counter in the right hand and takes it down. The first round is easy for Shevchenko. 10-9
Robbie Lawler gives Nick Diaz a chance to say “no month” with a third-round stoppage
Round 3 (11:34 pm): Diaz opens and goes to Lawler’s body on the right. Left-handed drop Diaz and Lollar tell him to get up. Diaz said “No” and left.
Round 2 (11:28 pm): Diaz with a combination of a head kick and a round start. Lawler bulls forward and lands a combination and a small knee. Diaz with three uppercuts. Whenever Diaz closes the distance, he starts to pick up Lollar. This is a strange fight. But it’s fun. Lawler can’t find an opening and Diaz won’t stop stabbing Diaz with a hard body shot but Lawler keeps walking him down. Although he has to make some changes to make some landings. Lawler lands a combination. Diaz has slowed down a bit more. Lawler is landing with more frequencies towards the end of the round and Diaz can’t find the mark. Lawler hit him with a body shot and punched him five times in a row to close the round. 10-9 Lawyer (19-19)
Round 1 (11:22 pm): Robbie has been shaking Diaz since the opening bell of Lolita. Diaz looks slow and Robbie is crisp. Diaz is talking to Lawler and landed a body kick. Body punch. They swap inside and Diaz landed a long right hand. The hand is being thrown. Diaz with combination. Lawler responds with a head kick and a combination of Diaz. Lollar pushes forward and Diaz simply unloads a combination. Everything from Diaz seems to be slow but it is working. Lolar throws the bomb and Diaz responds. Lawler with a combination and this is a battle. 10-9 Diaz?
Curtis Blades uses Zyrginho Rosenstrike as a takeaway
11:02 pm: It wasn’t fun but Blades and his wrestling (presumably) brought him the win. Oddly enough all three judges scored 30-27 when it looked like Zyrzinho Rosenstruck had won at least one round. Nonetheless, the Blades are back in the winning column and will want to get a top heavyweight next time.
10:54 pm: The second round saw Blades a little more cautious and Rosenstrike’s left hand almost knocked him out of the game. Somehow, he survived a flying knee and secured a takedown. But Rosenstrike did enough to hold the round and told Blades not to try any fun business.
10:47 pm: As expected, the Blades took Rosenstruck down. He didn’t do too much with it but it was enough to control the initial frame. Rosenstrook simply can’t wait for the blades and at some point has to be wary of the wind.
Jasika Android pulverizes Cynthia Calvilo for first round stoppage
10:26 p.m.: Jessica Andrade was too strong for Cynthia Calvilo and just chased after her prey, blasting her with a power shot and knocking her out. Andrew didn’t have the ability to take Calvillo’s shot to get him off, and when the round was about to end, Andrew increased the pressure, stopped Calvillo and was the first person to stop him with a strike barrage to end the round. Brutal.
9:51 p.m.: After an absolutely ridiculous first round, Merab Dwalishvili completed the comeback by hitting Mores in the second round at Smitherins. He opened the right with his right hand and led Morris down. For the next four minutes he hit him with every limb he could legally use until referee Keith Peterson stopped the fight with 355 seconds left. Absolutely surreal return.
9:45 pm: One of the insane first round of the year. Mores grabbed Dwallisville and killed him with a deadly assault right. Somehow, Dwalishvili survived, collected himself, took Morace down, and stopped Moraes from round pameling. Absolutely insane.
9:34 pm: To close the premium before the pay-per-view starts, Marlon Mores would like to see a continuation of the two-fight losing streak against Merab Dvolisville. Dalishville is on a six-fight winning streak but Moraes is his toughest challenge.
It’s half past one: Dan Hooker was a fan favorite tonight and kept fans satisfied with the victory of the unanimous decision. A bounce back for him after a heartbreaking knockout rate to Michael Chandler. The win was impressive and Hooker is still a key player in the lightweight division.
9:02 p.m.: We are here next to the cage for UFC 266 just as Dan Hooker and Nasrat Hawk are walking towards the cage in unique situations. Both had difficulty entering the United States due to the Covid security measures and not only did they end up arriving in Las Vegas, they also gained weight. No matter what happens tonight, they are both winners in my book.
Volkanovski vs. Ortega start time
- Date: Saturday, September 25
- Start time: ET at 3 pm
- Main Card (PPV): 10 pm ET | PT in the evening
- Key events: 12:15 am ET | 9:15 pm PT (approx.)
UFC 266: Alexander Volkanowski vs. Brian Ortega The event closes at 6pm with the first prelims on September 25, before the pay-view main card starts at 10pm. Depending on the length of the Volkanovsky and Ortega undercard bouts, the octagon will have to enter around 12:15 a.m. ET.
See how UFC 266: Volkanovsky vs. Ortega
- TV Channel / Live Stream: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN +
The original UFC 266 card is available per-view on the ESPN + subscription streaming service in the US. That part of the event starts at 10pm.
Previous fights can be seen live on ESPN, the WatchSPN app and the UFC Fight Pass for the first premium.
In Canada, Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Saskatchewan, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PipV are available at UFC Fight Pass with a view of the original card.
UFC 266 Fight Card
The main card
- Alexander Volkanovsky vs. Brian Ortega For Volkanovsky’s UFC Featherweight Championship
- Valentina Shevchenko Diff. Lauren Murphy Fourth round via TKO (Fist) (4:00)
- Robbie Lawler Diff. Nick Diaz through the third round TKO (punch) (: 44)
- Curtis Blades Def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and 30-27)
- Jessica Andred Def. Cynthia Calvilo first round TKO (fist) (4:54)
- Merab Dwalishvili Diff. Marlon Morris with second round TKO (punch) (4:25)
- Dan Hooker Diff. Nasrat Haqprast through unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and 30-26)
- Chris Daukaus Diff. Shamil Abdurkhimov second round TKO (thrust and elbow) (1:23)
- Tyla Santos Diff. Roxanne Modaferi by consensus (30-27, 30-27 and 30-27)
Fight Pass Prelim
- Jalin Turner Diff. Uros Medić Submitting First Round (Back Naked Choke) (4:01)
- Nick Maximov Diff. Cody Brandage by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 29-28)
- Matthew Semelsberger Diff. Martin Sano Jr. First Round Keo (Punch) (: 15)
- Jonathan Pierce Diff. Omar Morales (back naked choke) by submitting the second round (3:31)