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UFC 266: Alexander Volkanovski fends off gritty Brian Ortega

Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight crown with a wildly entertaining unanimous decision victory over Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in Las Vegas Saturday night.

Volkanovski stepped on the gas early, using striking and leg kicks to pile up some points on Ortega, who fired back but was bloodied in the second round.

After a head clash in round 3, Ortega scored a big shot that knocked Volkanovski down and somehow survived an Ortega triangle submission attempt. But Ortega’s right eye was accumulating damage and it affected him for the rest of the fight. Volkanovski continued to apply the pressure with strikes leaving a bloody Ortega on the mat ring to pull guard.

The doctors checked Ortega before the beginning of round 4 and Round 5. Volkanovski continued to pile up the points with his strikes and leg kicks while Ortega valiantly tried to look for submissions until the final horn.

The judges scored it 49-46, 50-45, and 50-44.

With the win, Volkanovski has now won 20 straight fights dating back to December 2013. With former champion Max Holloway looking on, a trilogy match with “Blessed” is a high probability.

Ortega has now lost two of his last three fights, albeit to top competition.

Volkanovski and Ortega secured Fight of the Night while Chris Daukaus and Merab Dvalishil earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

JONATHAN PEARCE VS. OMAR MORALES 

WINNER: JONATHAN PEARCE VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 3:31

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JONATHAN PEARCE VIA UD

Andrews: Great work by Pearce on the ground.

MATTHEW SEMELSBERGER VS. MARTIN SANO 

WINNER: MATTHEW SEMELSBERGER VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 0:15

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MATTHEW SEMELSBERGER VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! That was fast. Big right hand.

CODY BRUNDAGE VS. NICK MAXIMOV 

WINNER: NICK MAXIMOV VIA UD 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NICK MAXIMOV VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrews: Good performance on short by Brundage, but was outworked by Maximov on the ground.

UFC 266 PRELIMS

#9 ROXANNE MODAFERRI VS. #12 TALIA SANTOS 

WINNER: TALIA SANTOS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TALIA SANTOS VIA UD

Andrews: Santos put another good performance. Good recovery by Roxanne in the last round but Santos was too much.

MAIN CARD 

UROS MEDIC  VS. JALIN TURNER

WINNER: JALIN TURNER VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 4:01

ANDREWS PREDICTION: UROS MEDIC VIA TKO

Andrews: Medic got caught. Good work, Jalin.

SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV VS. CHRIS DAUKAUS 

WINNER: CHRIS DAUKAUS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:23

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHRIS DAUKAUS VIA TKO

Andrews: Man, Chris went in there and put him away with the right hand. Nicely done, but ref get in there quicker.

#8 DAN HOOKER VS. NASRAT HAQPARAST 

WINNER: DAN HOOKER VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DAN HOOKER VIA UD

Andrews: Big respect to both guys for overcoming some big stuff, especially Nasrat.

#6 MARLON MORAES VS. #11 MERAB DVALISHVIL

WINNER: MERAB DVALISHVIL VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:25

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MERAB DVALISHVIL VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Moraes was on his way but what a comeback by Merab.

#1 JESSICA ANDRADE VS. #5 CYNTHIA CALVILLO

WINNER: JESSICA ANDRADE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:54

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JESSICA ANDRADE VIA TKO

Andrews: Cynthia couldn’t hold her off late. Good win for Jessica.

#4 CURTIS BLAYDES VS. #6 JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK 

WINNER: CURTIS BLAYDES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CURTIS BLAYDES VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Not too much excitement, but Curtis played it smart but his right eye got caught.

NICK DIAZ VS. ROBBIE LAWLER

WINNER: ROBBIE LAWLER VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 0:44

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROBBIE LAWLER VIA UD

Andrews: Amazing first round.Robbie was so focused but Nick looked good until he quit.

(C) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS. #3 LAUREN MURPHY 

WINNER: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA TKO (STRIKES) R4 4:00

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA TKO

Andrews: Murphy tried to be patient and play it smarter and Valentina was still ahead. Ronda Rousey type stuff here.

MAIN EVENT

(C) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI VS. #2 BRIAN ORTEGA 

WINNER: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVKSI VIA UD (49-46, 50-45, 50-44)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVKSI VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! A good main card punctuated by this instant classic.  The fans won here.

@kenaiandrews

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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