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, Dan Hooker connects with his champion teammate Alexander Volkanovski after finally making it to fight week. The stars of UFC 266 make weight Friday morning, then make their way to Park Theater for a ceremonial weigh-in packed with fans.
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.
UFC 266 fight card: Volkanovski vs Ortega:
(Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champ Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title
- Champ Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy – for women’s flyweight title
- Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
(ESPNews, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
- Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili
- Nasrat Haqparast vs. Dan Hooker
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus
- Roxanne Modafferi vs. Taila Santos
(ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
- Uros Medic vs. Jalin Turner
- Cody Brundage vs. Nick Maximov
- Martin Sano vs. Matthew Semelsberger
- Omar Morales vs. Jonathan Pearce
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