Aussie UFC Featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski is set to defend his title for the second time at UFC 266 on Sunday against Brian Ortega in Las Vegas.
He is undefeated in his UFC career so far and proved himself one of the best Australian MMA fighters ever with back to back wins over Max Holloway.
Valentina Shevchenko defends her Flyweight title yet again as the co main event and Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler do battle for the first since 2004.
Our full UFC 266: Volkanovski v Ortega Tips & Preview can be read below.
Alexander Volkanovski is a star and although the rest of the world continues to underrate him.
We do not.
He has just the one professional loss in 24 career fights and is undefeated in nine inside the UFC promotion.
This includes three wins in a row against the only two fighters in the conversation for the GOAT of the division.
Brian Ortega also has just the one loss to his resume as well, a doctor’s stoppage loss to Max Holloway in December 2018.
He was absolutely pieced up by Max that night and he runs into another high volume, pressure type of fighter in the Aussie champ.
Ortega’s best pathway to victory is seemingly in the grappling and on the canvas with his outstanding BJJ but I think he will find it very tough to get Volkanovski down into the depths of his world.
Volk has extremely good footwork and is lightning quick in exchanges and I think the champ will do enough to win a decision.
Are we letting this fight go ahead?
Valentina Shevchenko is on such another level to Lauren Murphy that it almost makes this fight too dangerous.
Full credit to Lauren Murphy who is seemingly one of the nicest individual’s in the entire sport and has won her last five in a row to earn this title shot.
But she is completely outclassed in every facet of MMA in this fight.
If she were to win it would be the biggest upset in the history of the sport in my opinion.
Well here we are, 17 years after their first fight we are set to see Nick Diaz v Robbie Lawler do battle inside the octagon again.
Nick Diaz got the KO win in the second round way back in 2004 at UFC 47 but we have not seen him fight since a unanimous decision loss to Anderson Silva in January 2015 (that was overturned to a NC).
To the newest generation of UFC fans, Nick will be known as Nate’s brother but once upon a time this was not the case.
Although Diaz never won UFC gold, he has wins over Gleison Tibau, Frank Shamrock and B.J Penn.
Robbie Lawler has been active while Diaz has been away and although his recent record does not make good viewing, he has looked healthy and competitive.
He has four losses in a row but one was horseshit against Ben Askren when Herb Dean waved the fight off because he thought Lawler was unconscious.
He was not.
The other three losses were against top quality opponents in the division.
All three were decision losses against Rafael dos Anjos, Colby Covington and Neil Magny.
The punters are finding this one impossible to work out and at time of publish, we did not have a favourite.
I’m going with the more active fighter in Robbie Lawler but sit back and enjoy this one folks!