This event will take place Saturday, September 25, 2021, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. All bouts will be simulcast on ESPN+ in English and Spanish beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT with the ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass prelims. The prelims will continue exclusively on ESPNews, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT followed by the ESPN+ Pay-Per-View main card that will kick off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
In the main event, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide when UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) fighting out of Windang, NSW, Australia defends his title against #2 ranked contender Brian Ortega (15-1 1NC) fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif. Volkanovski is coming in at -155 while Ortega is at +135.
In the co-main event. UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) fighting out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan will go for her sixth consecutive title defense when she meets #3 ranked contender Lauren Murphy (15-4) fighting out of Houston, Texas. Valentina Shevchenko odds come in at -1,600 while her opponent Lauren Murphy comes in at +900.
Also on the card, we will see a highly anticipated rematch when Nick Diaz (26-9 2NC) fighting out of Stockton, Calif. returns to take on former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (28-15 1NC) fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. in a five-round non-title fight. Nick Diaz steps in the cage so far at -110 while Robbie Lawler is also at -110.
UFC 266 fight card: Volkanovski vs Ortega:
(Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
For the featherweight title: Alexander Volkanovski (-155) vs. Brian Ortega (+135)
For the women’s flyweight title: Valentina Shevchenko (-1,600) vs. Lauren Murphy (+900)
Five-round non-title fight: Nick Diaz (-110) vs. Robbie Lawler (-110)
Curtis Blaydes (-300) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+250)
Jessica Andrade (-270) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (+230)
(ESPNews, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Marlon Moraes (+220) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (-260)
Dan Hooker (-160) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (+140)
Shamil Abdurakhimov (+165) vs. Chris Daukaus (-185)
Talia Santos (-370) vs. Roxanne Modafferi (+310)
(ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
Uros Medic (-125) vs. Jalin Turner (+105)
Karl Roberson (-115) vs. Nick Maximov (-105)
Matthew Semelsberger (-475) vs. Martin Sano (+380)
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