UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega Main Card Betting Odds and Preview
Saturday will mark arguably the most star-studded card for a premier Ultimate Fighting Championship event of the year. UFC 266 will take place in Sin City at the T-Mobile Arena and will feature two colossal title bouts, as well as a rematch between two of the promotion’s fan favorites.
Read on for our odds and preview for the main card of UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega below. And for all the latest news and updates in and out of the Octagon, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega Betting Odds and Preview
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Enterprise, NV
When: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Where to watch: ESPN+
Main Event: Featherweight Bout
Alexander Volkanovski (-196) vs. Brian Ortega (+147)
The animosity between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega is about to come to a head and far beyond their heated coaching rivalry in The Ultimate Fighter 29.
Volkanovski is set to defend his title for the second time and look to remain unbeaten in the Octagon in 10 fights. Many believe that the former semi-pro rugby player from Down Under is one of the UFC’s most well-rounded pound-for-pound fighters, and a title-match win against someone else other than Max Holloway will further cement that claim.
Speaking of Holloway, Brian Ortega was one of the men that “Blessed” defeated during his brief title reign from 2017 to 2018. After that loss (his first professional MMA defeat), Ortega got back to the drawing board, changed his look, and immediately launched himself back into title contention. In October last year, “T-City” was back in form with a unanimous decision win over Chan Sung Jung.
Co-Main Event: Women’s Flyweight Bout
Valentina Shevchenko (-1,667) vs. Laura Murphy (+789)
Outside of Amanda Nunes, no other female fighter in the UFC has been as dominant as Valentina Shevchenko. The ravishing Russian is a perfect 7-0 as a flyweight, with five successful defenses of the division’s belt and not one fighter (again, other than Nunes) seemingly capable of stopping “Bullet’s” path of destruction.
That being said Laura Murphy will need to be more than “Lucky” than what her moniker would suggest. The 38-year-old from Alaska had a bad stretch in the UFC, going 2-4 between 2014 and 2018. But once 2019 rolled around, Murphy’s since gone on to win five straight matches to put her in a title bout for the first time since winning the Invicta Women’s Bantamweight title eight years ago.
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Nick Diaz (-112) vs. Robbie Lawler (-112)
As if the two main events weren’t enough, UFC fans will be treated with a rematch 17 years in the making between Octagon veterans Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler. Diaz enters his bout as the slight favorite despite failing to win in each of his last three fights and not having stepped foot in the Octagon since his no-contest bout against Anderson Silva in 2015.
That being said, Lawler appears to have the upper hand as he looks to get his revenge from his losing effort against Diaz way back in 2004 by continuing to put up his fists against any and all competition that was thrown his way. Then again, the former welterweight champ has lost four consecutive fights and five of his last six, which is probably why many are high on Diaz (no pun intended) to have a successful UFC return this week.
Curtis Blaydes (-357) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+239)
Just when Curtis Blaydes was knocking on the door of a possible heavyweight title bout, Derrick Lewis slammed that door shut by way of a huge knockout punch to hand the Elevation Fight Team standout his first defeat in five fights. Nevertheless, Blaydes could move up from his rank of fourth place in the heavyweight title picture with a victory this Saturday.
That will be easier said than done, though, as Jairzinho Rozenstruik just got himself a first-round TKO win this past June against Augusto Sakai to move back up to sixth place in the rankings. Although Rozenstruik is just 2-2 in his last two fights, he has a wealth of experience already, with huge wins over some of the UFC’s greats such as Alistair Overeem, Junior Dos Santos, and Andrei Arlovski.
Women’s Flyweight Bout
Jessica Andrade (-294) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (+220)
Jessica Andrade will be itching for a rematch against Shevchenko for the flyweight crown after the 29-year-old Brazilian got elbowed to oblivion in the second round by the reigning champ this past April. Still, Andrade’s win over Katlyn Chookagian in her flyweight debut last year speaks volumes of her potential to usurp Queen Valentina.
Meanwhile, Cynthia Calvillo also moved to back to flyweight in 2020 and for the first time since her MMA debut half a decade ago. The San Jose native is also 1-1 in the division, with her win coming against Jessica Eye and her loss at the hands of Chookagian. The three-way title-contention dynamic between Calvillo, Andrade, and Chookigian has been fun to follow, and the winner of the opening bout of UFC 266’s main event will likely dictate who Shevchenko’s next challenger will be.
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