Alexander Volkanovski remains the Featherweight champion but had to go through hell to retain his status against Contender Brian Ortega in the Main Event of UFC 266, which took place on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was Live on Pay-Per-View following Prelims on ESPNews and ESPN+.
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Volkanovski (23-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) had to survive numerous submission attempts a few mustering a few of his own to defeated Brian Ortega (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) via unanimous decision scored by the Judges (49-46, 50-45, 50-44).
The fight started out slow as the fighters needed time to settle into their game and ones that was achieved Volkanovski and Ortega with at it, throwing heavy leather with really bad intentions. Volkanovski was cut with a Jab in the opening round from Ortega but He relied mostly on his brutal kicks.
The two continued their close battle in the second round and started out with kicks and punches before Volkanovski connected one of the biggest combinations in the fight and tried using it as a transitional tool for a takedown but Ortega took it and denied him his goal. Ortega opened up another cut on Volkanovski’s ear during another exchange and by the end of the round both still had bad blood and engaged in a stare-down before working off to their corners.
In round three, Ortega had Volkanovski in trouble landing a big right that caught Volkanovski off balance and sent him to the canvas, Ortega went in for the finish, a Guillotine Choke but Volkanovski survived by kicking his way out and while thinking he was save Ortega went in for another triangle choke. Volkanovski found a way to survive the onslaught and gain full mount before firing on Ortega a ground and pound but the challenger was saved by the bell.
Brian Ortega was bloodied and every where looked swollen and had to be examined by the ring side physician before the fight continued. However, he was able to get another Guillotine attempt and Volkanovski survived and attacked Ortega with another ground and pound but Ortega survived throwing punches and triangles from under. Another ground and pound from Volkanovski before the fight was take back to their feets at the end of the round.
The Ring side doctor checked Ortega again before allowing him into the final round, he passed and had some success in the round. He connected a series of punches on the incoming Volkanovski, who switched up his output in the final round and rained down hell on Ortega with his exceptional footwork helping him navigate the Cage.
Ortega connected two big shots that is arguably the biggest shots in the fight and that sure drew the attention of Volkanovski before the horn sounded and they both hugged as a sign of respect.
Volkanovski and Ortega have been rivals for the past few months, being opposite coaches of the The Ultimate Fighter and what a way to end their rivalry. Volkanovski successfully defended the title for the second time and has his winning streak up to 19 consecutive victories which includes big names like Max Holloway, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes and now Brian Ortega.
Ortega on the other, hand failed to win a world title in his second attempt and his only losses have been in those two attempts which includes this one. The loss throws him off the win Column again after successfully leaving the losing column with a spectacular showing against Chan Sung Jung.
Alexander Volkanovski Vs Brian Ortega Fight Photos