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UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega predictions

Can Ortega shock the world?

The UFC returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night as featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defends against No. 1 contender Brian Ortega at UFC 266.

Both fighters made weight and the fight is official.  Karl Roberson pulled out of the event with medical issues and has been replaced by Cody Brundage to take on Nick Maximov.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (7PM ET/4PM PT)

JONATHAN PEARCE (10-4-0) VS. OMAR MORALES (11-1-0)

Andrews: Both guys are DWCS alum and Morales has more UFC experience but he’s older at 35. I think Pearce edges him if he can keep the fight standing.

Andrews Prediction: Jonathan Pearce via UD

MATTHEW SEMELSBERGER (8-3-0) VS. MARTIN SANO (4-2-1)

Andrews: Sano is making his debut. Advantage Semelsberger.

Andrews Prediction: Matthew Semelsberger via UD

CODY BRUNDAGE (6-1-0) VS. NICK MAXIMOV (6-0-0)

Andrews: Brundage is replacing Karl Roberson and making his octagon debut. Advantage Maximov.

Andrews Prediction: Nick Maximov via UD

UFC 266 PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)

#9 ROXANNE MODAFERRI (25-18-0) VS. #12 TALIA SANTOS (17-1-0)

Andrews: Roxanne just turned 39 and Santos looked good against Gillian Robertson.

Andrews Prediction: Talia Santos via UD

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

UROS MEDIC (7-0-0) VS. JALIN TURNER (10-5-0)

Andrews: Medic is undefeated but Turner has fought better opponents. Slightly leaning toward Medic here.

Andrews Prediction: Uros Medic via TKO

SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV (20-5-0) VS. CHRIS DAUKAUS (11-3-0)

Andrews: Chris is eight years younger and while the experience advantage goes to Shamil, Daukaus will grab the upset here.

Andrews Prediction: Chris Daukaus via TKO

#8 DAN HOOKER (20-10-0) VS. NASRAT HAQPARAST (13-3-0)

Andrews: Credit to both guys for pulling through to make the fight happen. Hooker has looked bad but against elite competition. Here, I think he ekes this one out.

Andrews Prediction: Dan Hooker via UD

#6 MARLON MORAES (23-8-1) VS. #11 MERAB DVALISHVILI (13-4-0)

Andrews: Tough one on paper. Moraes has the experience edge, but I think Merab could pull it off by decision as he doesn’t take too many chances.

Andrews Prediction: Merab Dvalishvili via UD 

#1 JESSICA ANDRADE (21-9-0) VS. #5 CYNTHIA CALVILLO (9-2-1)

Andrews: Cynthia is like a younger Jessica but the experience of Andrade should prevail here.

Andrews Prediction: Jessica Andrade via TKO

#4 CURTIS BLAYDES (14-3-0) VS. #6 JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK (12-2-0)

Andrews: Blaydes needs to look out for the power shots and get the fight to the ground. If he’s overconfident, he’ll lose but I think Derrick Lewis has him prepared.

Andrews Prediction: Curtis Blaydes via submission

NICK DIAZ (26-9-0) VS. ROBBIE LAWLER (28-15-0)

Andrews: Robbie knows he needs to win this rematch. I think he pulls it off.

Andrews Prediction: Robbie Lawler via UD

(C) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO (21-3-0) VS. #3 LAUREN MURPHY (15-4-0)

Andrews: Murphy made me a believer at the press conference with her confidence but I still think Valentina takes her out with strikes.

Andrews Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko via TKO

MAIN EVENT

(C) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI (22-1-0) VS. #2 BRIAN ORTEGA (15-1-0, 1NC)

Andrews: I love Ortega and his ability to take a punch and his ground game but I think Volkanovski is going to take the starch out of him and finish him late with strikes.

Andrews Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski via TKO

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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