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Volkanovski and Ortega stare each other down

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Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title against Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 266 on Satuurday Night, as the pair produced arguably the greatest championship bout in the history of the division.

After 25 engrossing minutes of mixed martial arts, Australian Volkanovski (23-1) defeated American Ortega (15-2, 1 no contest) via unanimous decision, with the judges in Las Vegas revealing 49-46, 40-45 and 45-44 scorecards in the champion’s favour.

Over the course of five rounds, Volkanovski got the better of his challenger in the majority of the striking exchanges, but the champion was forced to escape four submission attempts that all seemed certain to spell the end of the 32-year-old’s title reign. Three of those holds were applied in a stunning third round. Ultimately, Volkanovski fought free and re-established his superiority to win over the judges and keep his belt.

In the co-main event of UFC 266, Valentina Shevchenko (22-3) made a sixth successful defence of her flyweight title by stopping Lauren Murphy (15-5) with ground and pound in the fourth round. Prior to that, MMA icon Nick Diaz – older brother of Nate – had made his return to the sport after six years away. seventeen years after his welterweight bout against Robbie Lawler, Diaz took on his fellow Californian in a middleweight rematch. Lawler, 39, the fight via third-round TKO, with the 38-year-old Diaz deciding against continuing after he was floored by a right hook.

Re-live updates from UFC 266 below.

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UFC 266: Main event report

Alex Pattle26 September 2021 07:28

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UFC 266: Volkanovski def. Ortega

Alex Pattle26 September 2021 06:26

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Alex Pattle26 September 2021 06:25

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Alex Pattle26 September 2021 06:25

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And still!

Alexander Volkanovski def. Brian Ortega via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-44).

Alex Pattle26 September 2021 06:11

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A back-and-forth final round, with Ortega landing a significant number of straight shots on a pressuring Volkanovski!

The champion is risking the win and his belt here...

Ortega with his best flurry in the final 20 seconds, but Volkanovski makes it to the buzzer!

We’ll go to the judges’ scorecards.

Alex Pattle26 September 2021 06:09

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Final round!

Volkanovski blocks a couple of head kicks and lands some clean punches.

Per his corner’s instruction, Ortega shoots for a takedown, but it’s defended successfully.

Alex Pattle26 September 2021 06:05

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Ortega is checked by a medic... and just about passes the examination.

He and Volkanovski trade punches, before Ortega secures a body lock and trip against the fence! He goes for another guillotine!

But Volkanovski keeps calm and gives referee Herb Dean a thumbs-up, before escaping the hold again!

He’s on top and raining down strikes!

Alex Pattle26 September 2021 06:00

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An accidental clash of heads has busted up Ortega’s nose. His face is a mess now...

Volkanovski with no sympathy. The Australian lands a beautiful right-left hook combo!

But, almost out of nowhere, Ortega snatches a guillotine! It’s in so tight!

The champ is going to tap, surely... NO! He somehow slips out!

Ortega now goes for a D’Arce choke! Again, it looks to be in, but SOMEHOW Volkanovski stays calm and escapes...

He pours on ground and pound but gets over-eager and is caught in a triangle choke, Ortega’s signature submission!

This one also seems to spell the end but AGAIN Volkanovski escapes! What!

He ends the round by battering Ortega from above! WHAT A ROUND!

Alex Pattle26 September 2021 05:56

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Ortega’s corner with an honest appraisal, telling their fighter that he’s falling behind on points here.

The crowd roars as the third round begins.

Alex Pattle26 September 2021 05:50

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