BREAKING: Dana White Confirms UFC 266 Will Host Title Fight Between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega

Published 06/09/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will return to action inside the octagon really soon. The title challenger Brian Ortega has been waiting for his shot at gold for some time now. In a recent interview, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the fight between the two is now official. Volkanovski vs Ortega will take place on the UFC 266 card.

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The title bout was previously scheduled for UFC 260. However, ‘The Great’ had to pull out of the fight. The UFC featherweight champion had tested positive for COVID-19 while traveling from Australia to the US a week prior to the UFC 260.

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The fight for the featherweight strap is scheduled for somewhere in September. However, there is no specific location and date set for the card at the moment.

Dana White, in a recent interview with Submission Radio, said, “UFC 266, we don’t know yet. You’re talking about the end of September for that fight.”

“Everything looks like it’s going in the right direction. I don’t know about Canada and Australia, but everything else looks like it’s going in the right direction.”

Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega: What can you expect

Volkanovski and Ortega are currently engaged as opposing coaches at The Ultimate Fighter 29. They will fight each other after the season culminates.

‘The Great’ is an Eugene Bareman protege who relies on his kickboxing more in his fights. His body type is a little unorthodox for FW. He has a long reach and he isn’t that tall. That, coupled with his ability to stick to a game plan, makes him a hard target to hit.

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‘Volk’ hasn’t competed since winning a controversial yet close decision against Max Holloway. The second win against ‘Blessed’ wasn’t convincing enough, as many could see the decision going either way. Hence, Volkanovski would need a dominant win against Brian Ortega to leave no questions. Easier said than done.

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Ortega, primarily a submission artist, is one of the best BJJ athletes competing in the UFC. He has also made tons of improvements to his standup since the Holloway fight at UFC 230. The improvements that he had made, specifically in his boxing ability, were clear in ‘The Korean Zombie’ fight.

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You can expect a technical, chess-like duel in this fight which will be a delight to watch for any fight fan. How excited are you for UFC 266?

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Akshit Pushkarna

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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