UFC 266 brings us a stacked fight card featuring a featherweight title fight between current champion Alexander Volkanovski and former title challenger Brian Ortega.
The pair were previously scheduled to fight at UFC 260, but it was cancelled a week before taking place as Volkanovski tested positive for COVID-19. Then the pair was appointed as the new coaches of the latest season of the Ultimate Fighter. Now they both are finally ready to face each other and the things have started to get heated as the intense trash talking has begun between both of them.
In the co-main event, women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will take on Lauren Murphy. Also, present on the undercard is former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who will take on Nick Diaz. Diaz is coming off of a six-year-long layoff.
UFC 266: Volkanovski vs Ortega Prelims
Men’s featherweight: Jonathan Pearce (11-4, 2-1 UFC) def. Omar Morales (11-2, 3-2 UFC) by second-round submission
Welterweight: Matthew Semelsberger (9-3, 3-1 UFC) def. Martin Sano (4-3-1, 0-1 UFC) by first-round knockout
Middleweight: Nick Maximov (7-0, 1-0 UFC) def. Cody Brundage (6-2, 0-1 UFC) by unanimous decision
Lightweight: Jalin Turner (11-5, 4-2 UFC) def. Uros Medic (7-1, 1-1 UFC) by first-round submission