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Alexander Volkanovski Plans to Put up an Unforgettable Performance Against Brian Ortega – Aims to “Put His Head Through the Canvas”

Published 09/21/2021, 11:28 AM EDT

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Following a year-long hiatus, Alexander Volkanovski will finally defend his UFC featherweight title against Brian Ortega. This intriguing UFC featherweight title clash will serve as the main event of UFC 266 this weekend. Ahead of this exciting title clash, things started heating up between the pair ever since they filmed ‘The Ultimate Fighter Season 29’ as coaches. 

Throughout the build-up to their fight, both Volkanovski and Ortega have gone back and forth frequently taking digs at each other. Recently, ‘The Great’ Volkanovski revealed he has bad intentions for Ortega.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on ‘MMA Fighting’, Volkanovski addressed the question of being underappreciated as a champion. While sharing his thoughts on the same, Volkanovski revealed how his plans for UFC 266 will change everyone’s perspective on him.


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Volkanovski said – “I agree with that [on not getting media attention]. I haven’t been the one to really care about that. But many things are changing, and I am going to change that, you know what I mean. Going out there and doing what I plan on doing this weekend is going to change that.”

“So, I am gonna go out there and obviously, you know, you say this every time, ‘you are going to put him away.’ But mate, I am doing everything I can now. I am going to, you know, shut Ortega’s mouth up by putting his head through the canvas. And you know, I am gonna go get that finish.”

“I want to put on a performance. I want people leaving that arena like absolutely blown away by the performance, and get people talking.”Volkanovski added.


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Can Alexander Volkanovski stop Brian Ortega at UFC 266?

Volkanovski is on an impressive 19-fight win streak, including his fights prior to UFC. He is one of the best knockout artists in UFC featherweight division history. Moreover, half of his victories have come via knockout.


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Meanwhile, Ortega has only one professional loss, which was a doctor stoppage loss against Max Holloway. Despite enduring a barrage of vicious punches, ‘T-City’ kept moving forward in his fight against Holloway. Ortega has never been knocked out cold in his career. 


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Volkanovski certainly has the strength to claim a T/KO victory. However, Ortega has already shown in his fight against Holloway that he can take whatever comes his way. The bottom line is, fans can expect anything in this exciting featherweight title clash.


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What do you make of Alexander Volkanovski’s plans for his fight against Brian Ortega at UFC 266? Can he get the finish?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.