LAS VEGAS: FightBook MMA has your “Embedded Vlog Series” for UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega. Stay tuned to FightBook MMA throughout the week as we will have all the episodes once the promotion releases them. In this episode, Flyweight champions Valentina Shevchenko and Brandon Moreno train together at the UFC PI. Champ Alexander Volkanovski returns to Las Vegas. Lauren Murphy spends her day off helping with construction at her gym. Brian Ortega does a SoCal workout outdoors.
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.
The co-main event will see 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.
Also in a highly anticipated rematch, Nick Diaz (26-9 2NC) fighting out of Stockton, Calif. returns against former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (28-15 1NC) fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. in a five-round thriller.
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UFC 266 fight card: Volkanovski vs Ortega:
Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy – for women’s flyweight title
Robbie Lawler vs. Nick Diaz – five round non-title fight
Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
ESPNews, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET
Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili
Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Taila Santos
Ricky Simon vs. Timur Valiev
ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET
Uros Medic vs. Jalin Turner
Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Karl Roberson vs. Nick Maximov
Matthew Semelsberger vs. Martin Sano
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