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<p>Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski retained his belt at UFC 266</p>

Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski retained his belt at UFC 266

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UFC 266 sees three major bouts take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas tonight, including two title fights and the return of an MMA icon.

In the main event, Alexander Volkanovski makes the second defence of his featherweight belt, taking on Brian Ortega after the pair's slow-burn rivalry heated up significantly at this week’s press conference. Australian Volkanovski (22-1) and American Ortega (15-1) were opposing coaches on the most recent season of the Ultimate Fighter TV show, and their respective styles should make for an intriguing match-up. Volkanovski is a well-rounded athlete with an answer for most foes, while Ortega is a jiu-jitsu specialist who has significantly enhanced his striking skills in recent years.

In the co-main event, women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) faces challenger Lauren Murphy (15-4), with most followers of the sport hoping that Murphy can at least offer the Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian a rare tough test. Fans will also witness the highly-anticipated return of Nick Diaz, older brother of Nate, as he fights for the first time in six years. Diaz (26-9) takes on former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (28-15) in a rematch of their 2004 bout, with this five-round contest having been changed to a middleweight fight this week.

Follow live updates from UFC 266 below.

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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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Volkanovski rolls under a punch and gets a body lock, but only for a second.

The champion’s head is bloodied now – it seems a cauliflower ear might have popped...

Volkanovski with some fine combos to end the second round, before these rivals stare each other down at the buzzer. Wow.

Alex Pattle26 September 2021 05:49

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