UFC 266: Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega- Prediction and Analysis

Published 09/25/2021, 8:29 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia poses on the scale during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC 266 pay-per-view this weekend will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega. Volkanovski, the current champion of the division, will look to make his second title defense, having already defeated Max Holloway in their rematch since winning the belt. On the other hand, Ortega will look to make the most of his second shot at the title.

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Volkanovski is currently on a 19-fight win streak in the featherweight division. He is unbeaten in the UFC as well and has defeated some of the greatest featherweights in the history of the promotion in Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Max Holloway, and more. He will look to advance another step forward with a win over Ortega.

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)

As for the challenger Ortega, he has been absolutely phenomenal in his career as well. His only loss has come against the consensus greatest featherweight of all time, Max Holloway. ‘T-City’ has since fought once against Chan Sung Jung. He was a new version of himself in that fight, effortlessly outclassing “The Korean Zombie” over 3-rounds.

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Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega: Analysis

Volkanovski is a pressure fighter and mixes up his striking with his wrestling in an exceptional manner. Ortega, on the other hand, started out as a BJJ specialist. But, he has improved his striking considerably over time.

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Volkanovski has a total of 14 finishes with 11 T/KO and 3 submissions. Ortega has 10 finishes with 3 T/KO and 7 submissions in his prolific record.

INGLEWOOD, CA – JUNE 04: Brian Ortega celebrates after his TKO in the third round against Clay Guida in their featherweight bout during the UFC 199 event at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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T-City‘ has said he will be looking for a finish when he takes on Volkanovski this weekend. However, it will be easier said than done against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Volkanovski might just be too complete and technical to be beaten at this point in time and he should get a decision victory in his favor.

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Final Prediction: Alexander ‘The Great‘ Volkanovski by unanimous decision.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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