UFC 266 packs tons of star energy heading into Saturday’s most important card on the T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas.
Alexander Volkanovsk places his UFC Featherweight championship on the road in opposition to Brian Ortega. There isn’t any love misplaced between the 2 who coached reverse of one another on The Final Fighter and had been imagined to conflict within the octagon at UFC 260 again in March till Volkanovski examined constructive for COVID-19.
Volkanovski hasn’t fought since defending his title in opposition to Max Holloway in July 2020, profitable in a controversial break up choice. Volkanovski brings an ideal 9-0 file within the UFC into Saturday’s battle with Ortega.
Ortega made a profitable return to the Octagon final October with a dominant victory over Chan Sung Jung after taking almost two years off following his loss to Holloway.
Saturday’s most important card additionally options the return of Nick Diaz. The 38-year-old hasn’t stepped contained in the octagon in over six years when he misplaced to Anderson Silva in the principle occasion of UFC 183. Although he is solely fought thrice previously decade and hasn’t received any of these fights, Diaz’s return to the UFC on the age of 38 has acquired loads of followers excited as a consequence of his cult hero-like standing.
UFC 266 stay updates, highlights from Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Curtis Blaydes makes use of takedowns to upend Jairzinho Rozenstruik
11:02 p.m.: It wasn’t enjoyable however Blaydes and his wrestling (predictably) acquired him the victory. Unusual that each one three judges scored it 30-27 when it regarded like Jairzinho Rozenstruik earned at the very least one spherical. However, Blaydes is again within the win column and can look to get a high heavyweight the subsequent day trip.
10:54 p.m.: The second spherical finds Blaydes a bit of extra cautious and a left hand from Rozenstruik almost took him out of the sport. By some means, he additionally survived a flying knee and secured a takedown. However Rozenstruik did sufficient to squeeze out the spherical and let Blaydes know to not strive 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 manage the preliminary body. Rozenstruik merely can’t look forward to Blaydes and should throw warning to the wind in some unspecified time in the future.
Jéssica Andrade pulverizes Cynthia Calvillo for first spherical stoppage
10:26 p.m.: Jessica Andrade was simply too robust 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 completely 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 battle with 35 seconds left. A fully surreal comeback.
9:45 p.m.: Probably the most insane first rounds of the yr. Moraes clobbered Dvalishvili and had him lifeless to rights with a vicious placing assault. By some means, Dvalishvili survived, collected himself, took Moraes down and closed the spherical pummeling Moraes. Completely 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 shedding 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 below distinctive circumstances. Each had issues stepping into the USA as a consequence of COVID safety measures and never solely ended up attending to Las Vegas, however made weight. It doesn’t matter what occurs tonight, they’re each winners in my guide.
Volkanovski vs. Ortega begin time
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 25
- Begin time: 6 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. PT
- Predominant card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT
- Predominant 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 most important 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.
watch UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega
- TV channels/stay stream: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+
The principle card for UFC 266 is accessible 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 stay on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, UFC Combat Cross.
In Canada, the main-card pay-per-view is accessible on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Combat Cross.
UFC 266 battle card
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega for Volkanovski’s UFC Featherweight championship
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy for Shevchenko’s UFC Girls’s Flyweight championship
- Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler; Middleweights
- Curtis Blaydes def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik through unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
- Jéssica Andrade def. Cynthia Calvillo through 1st spherical TKO (punches) (4:54)
- Merab Dvalishvili def. Marlon Moraes through 2nd spherical TKO (punches) (4:25)
- Dan Hooker def. Nasrat Haqparast through unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 30-26)
- Chris Daukaus def. Shamil Abdurakhimov through 2nd spherical TKO (punches and elbows) (1:23)
- Taila Santos def. Roxanne Modafferi through unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
Combat Cross Prelims
- Jalin Turner def. Uros Medić through 1st spherical submission (rear bare choke) (4:01)
- Nick Maximov def. Cody Brundage through unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Matthew Semelsberger def. Martin Sano Jr. through 1st spherical KO (punch) (:15)
- Jonathan Pearce def. Omar Morales through 2nd spherical submission (rear bare choke) (3:31)