Brian Ortega Details What the ‘Real Main Event’ Is at UFC 266

Published 09/11/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Brian Ortega celebrates after knocking out Frankie Edgar in their featherweight bout during the UFC 222 event inside T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC 266 presents a second shot at the UFC’s featherweight title for Brian Ortega. ‘T-City’ previously fought for the featherweight title at UFC 231 against Max Holloway. However, Ortega was on the receiving end of a striking masterclass by ‘Blessed’. The fight was stopped in round four, ending title hopes for Ortega. 

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Now, as Ortega prepares to headline another UFC PPV, he shared his thoughts on the other fights on the card, particularly Robbie Lawler vs Nick Diaz. 

He said, “I’m super stoked about it. Trust me, I’m not a hater to my own fight, but like fans will agree with me. That’s kind of like the real main event. In one way like that fight is dope… And now you see them fighting again. I haven’t seen Nick in a while. Any time if Nick or Nate Diaz show up, you know damn well the energy is just lit… The arena is going to be packed with the Diaz fans.”

Robbie Lawler will take on Nick Diaz in a five-round fight on the main card at UFC 266. This will be the first time in six years that Diaz will step into a UFC octagon as he takes on a fellow veteran in ‘Ruthless’. 

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Can Brian Ortega secure a title at the second time of asking?

Brian Ortega bounced back with a brilliant win over ‘The Korean Zombie’ following his title loss to Max Holloway. On Fight Island, Ortega, known for being one of the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the UFC, displayed excellent striking skills that fans had not seen before. ‘T-City’ also has legitimate one-punch knockout power that he displayed against Frankie Edgar

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Going into his fight against Volkanovski, Ortega will have a significant 2-inch height advantage. But interestingly, Volkanovski will have a two-inch reach advantage over him. It will be interesting to see how Ortega approaches a second title shot. Given he has been in a similar situation before, this time around, Brian ‘T-City’ should perform a lot better.

What do you make of Brian Ortega vs Alexander Volkanovski? Who do you think will secure the win? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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