The card sees Diaz return after six years out, for a rematch with Lawler that is 17 years in the making
Ortega (15-1) first fought for the belt in December 2018 but suffered his first career defeat in the process, the American being pummelled by then-champion Max Holloway for four rounds. Twelve months later, it was Australian Volkanovski (22-1) who ended Holloway’s reign by outpointing the fan favourite, before repeating the feat in July 2020 – though many fans disagreed with the judges’ scorecards.
Ortega recovered from his devastating defeat by Holloway to beat Chan Sung Jung via decision last December, with the jiu jitsu expert producing a striking masterclass over 25 分钟. 现在, the 30-year-old Californian goes for UFC gold again, with Volkanovski defending his belt for the first time since his rematch with Holloway, following the headliners’ time spent as opposing coaches on the Ultimate Fighter TV show.
In the co-main event at the T-Mobile Arena, Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) defends her women’s flyweight belt against Lauren Murphy (15-4), 尽管, elsewhere on the card, 迪亚兹 – older brother of Nate – returns after six years out to fight Lawler in a middleweight bout.
The pair squared off 17 几年前, with Diaz (26-9) knocking out fellow American Lawler (28-15) in the second round.
Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 266.
The early prelims will begin at 11pm BST on Saturday 25 九月. The prelims follow at 1am BST on Sunday, with the main card then beginning at 3am BST.
Diaz vs Lawler is likely to begin at around 4am BST, with the main event taking place at approximately 5.30am BST.
在英国, the action will air live on BT Sport 1 HD, as well as the broadcaster’s website and app. In the US, ESPN+ will show the bouts, which are also available on the UFC Fight Pass.
What are the odds?
Volkanovski – 4/7; Ortega – 6/4
Shevchenko – 1/12; Murphy – 7/1
Diaz – 10/11; Lawler – 10/11
Alexander Volkanovski (C) vs Brian Ortega (轻量级冠军)
Valentina Shevchenko (C) vs Lauren Murphy (women’s flyweight title)
Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler (中量级)
Curtis Blaydes vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik (重量级)
Jessica Andrade vs Cynthia Calvillo (女子蝇量级)
Marlon Moraes vs Merab Dvalishvili (最轻量级)
Dan Hooker vs Nasrat Haqparast (轻的)
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Chris Daukaus (重量级)
Manon Fiorot vs Mayra Bueno Silva (女子蝇量级)
Karl Roberson vs Nick Maximov (中量级)
Matthew Semelsberger vs Martin Sano (次中量级)