WOW! Alexander Volkanovski Shows Off Incredible Physique Ahead of UFC 266 Fight Against Brian Ortega

Published 09/11/2021, 7:55 AM EDT


UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski recently took to Twitter to post a photo of him in tremendous shape ahead of UFC 266. Volkanovski is set to defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega later this month. This will be the Aussie’s second defense of his title.

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He won the belt against Max Holloway at UFC 245. The duo clashed in a rematch at UFC 251 later with Volkanovski coming out on top via a split decision. However, many thought ‘Blessed’ was robbed, having scored two knockdowns in a razor-close contest. But, it’s hard to not give Volkanovski the credit for getting two back-to-back wins against the consensus greatest featherweight of all time.

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Volkanovski already holds wins over some of the very best fighters of all time of the featherweight division in Jose Aldo, Max Holloway, Chad Mendes, and more. So, adding Ortega to the list will further raise his argument about being the greatest 145-pounder of all time.

Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega: What to expect?

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Ortega looked a rejuvenated version of himself in his last fight against Chan Sung Jung. It was his return to the Octagon after being battered by Holloway at UFC 231. But he looked massively improved and will look to maximize on his second title shot. Needless to mention, he is a wizard in terms of grappling and submission skills. But it looks like his stand-up has improved massively as well.

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)

However, Volkanovski is a different animal. It will be Ortega’s toughest test to date, along with the fight against Holloway. If he can showcase his 2.0 version and eventually become a UFC champion, remains to be seen.

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Both fighters are two of the very best in the featherweight division. So, the main event will no doubt captivate the fans. Apart from that fight, fans are really excited to see how the legendary Nick Diaz fares in his Octagon return as he takes on Robbie Lawler in a rematch.

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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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