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UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega

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04.14.2021 | 11:07 AM ET

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UFC 266
  • Saturday 09.25.2021 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: ESPN
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Endeavor
  • Venue: T-Mobile Arena
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Jon Anik, Paul Felder, Daniel Cormier
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Daniel Cormier
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $5,609,906
  • Attendance: 19,029
  • MMA Bouts: 13
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Bout   Info
Alexander Volkanovski   defeats   Brian Ortega   via Decision, Unanimous   5 Rounds, 25:00 Total Bout Page
Valentina Shevchenko   defeats   Lauren Murphy   via KO/TKO, Ground and Pound   4:00 Round 4 of 5, 19:00 Total Bout Page
Robbie Lawler   defeats   Nick Diaz   via KO/TKO, Retirement   0:44 Round 3 of 5, 10:44 Total Bout Page
Curtis Blaydes   defeats   Jairzinho Rozenstruik   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Jéssica Andrade   defeats   Cynthia Calvillo   via KO/TKO, Punches   4:54 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Merab Dvalishvili   defeats   Marlon Moraes   via KO/TKO, Ground and Pound   4:25 Round 2 of 3, 9:25 Total Bout Page
Dan Hooker   defeats   Nasrat Haqparast   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Chris Daukaus   defeats   Shamil Abdurakhimov   via KO/TKO, Right Cross to Ground Strikes   1:23 Round 2 of 3, 6:23 Total Bout Page
Taila Santos   defeats   Roxanne Modafferi   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Jalin Turner   defeats   Uros Medic   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke   4:01 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Nick Maximov   defeats   Cody Brundage   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Matt Semelsberger   defeats   Martin Sano   via KO/TKO, Right Cross   0:15 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Jonathan Pearce   defeats   Omar Morales   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke   3:31 Round 2 of 3, 8:31 Total Bout Page

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FireFist45
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09.23.2021 | 5:30 AM ET

Predictions: 13 of 13 Winners, 7 Perfect, 960 Points   |   1st Place

@Baldric - you remember Nick Diaz laying on the floor  while fighting Anderson Silva... it was the weirdest thing but funny memes later.

Just picture that with Lawler
FireFist45
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09.23.2021 | 5:44 AM ET

Anyone who thinks Lauren Murphy has a chance....

Predictions: 13 of 13 Winners, 7 Perfect, 960 Points   |   1st Place

Please place your hand in cold cold ICE water  take it out immediately and SLAP yourself !!! 

Valentina Shevchenko will choose what round to finish her and how long she wants to keep playing with her food.

This is not even up for discussion
FireFist45
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09.23.2021 | 5:47 AM ET

Predictions: 13 of 13 Winners, 7 Perfect, 960 Points   |   1st Place

Hey Duck.... thanks for the effort in your breakdown

But I disagree with half of your picks.  good luck to ya!!
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09.23.2021 | 5:54 AM ET

Predictions: 12 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 755 Points   |   Tied for 227th

How in the world can we say Andrade at the end of her career when Calvillo is 5 years older
AaronJCodonaa
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09.23.2021 | 5:58 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 9 Winners, 3 Perfect, 505 Points   |   Tied for 3102nd

Shevchenko vs. Murphy
Valentina Shevchenko, TKO, R2
Shevchenko is too fast: Everytime Murphy lands, Shev will land twice.

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Nick Diaz, DEC
Mate I don't even know - this was is literally just a love letter to the fans.

Moraes vs. Dvalishvili
Merab Dvalishvili, DEC
Merab is a monster.

Dankmemes112
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09.23.2021 | 6:16 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 3052nd

Modafferi vs. Santos
Taila Santos, DEC
This should be a W for Santos, she has better striking, her TDD is solid and if she can gain top control I think she can hold Roxanne there. Santos is just the better MMA fighter, Roxanne has to get take downs otherwise she gets out struck or may even get out grappled herself which I would not be shocked with at all. Santos has been looking good recently so I'm going with her, she's gonna mix it all up in this fight

Casual008
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09.23.2021 | 6:27 AM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 5 Perfect, 720 Points   |   Tied for 562nd

Abdurakhimov vs. Daukaus
Shamil Abdurakhimov, DEC

Can see this fight going either way, Daukaus has good boxing and incredibly fast combos for the heavyweight division on top of being a 1st round monster, however there are still a lot of questions regarding his take down defense plus cardio and conditioning when entering the next rounds. Daukaus has only 4 fights in his professional career reach the 2nd round and of those fights he's lost half. In all of the footage I could find of those fights he definitely deteriorates especially that fast footwork which is going to benefit Adburakhimov's wrestling if he can make it out of the first round. 

Adburakhimov has all the tools to survive and drag this out to a long and drawn out decision victory, particularly through his good offensive wrestling and clench work against the cage, and overall the veteran to better pace himself through out the fight. Happily take Adburakhimov at +175 odds. 

* Edited at 09.23.2021, 6:31 AM ET *

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Chessswimmer
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09.23.2021 | 7:09 AM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 480 Points   |   Tied for 3321st

Lawler vs. Diaz II seems like Marion Reneau vs. Miesha Tate, the pause did not affect at all against an active fighter In the twilight with a series of defeats

CrimsonChinGuru
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09.23.2021 | 9:01 AM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 655 Points   |   Tied for 1366th

Did anybody see the UFC instagram post with Nick Diaz shadow boxing? The physique threw me off, he was ripped in the comeback pics....
CrimsonChinGuru
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09.23.2021 | 9:26 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 655 Points   |   Tied for 1366th

Maximov vs. Brundage
Nick Maximov, DEC
This is a close fight, really want to go Brundage. I don't think i can pull the trigger on 3 days notice and FactoryX isn't my favorite gym to say the least. Thinking Maximov will win a DEC from ground control.

ITJUSTWORKS
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09.23.2021 | 9:41 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 490 Points   |   Tied for 3262nd

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Nick Diaz, DEC
For everyone saying Nick doesn't look shredded or whatever, he's just built like a Diaz brother

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Bobbygking
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09.23.2021 | 10:13 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 5 of 7 Winners, 1 Perfect, 290 Points   |   Tied for 3971st

Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
Ortega had improved but he’s surrounded by yes men. There’s two best featherweights in the world Volk and Holloway

Shevchenko vs. Murphy
Valentina Shevchenko, TKO, R2
This is going to be super one sided, I can’t believe anyone thinks Lauren Murphy will win, she may be “Lucky” but you need a lot more than luck to beat the bullet

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Nick Diaz, SUB, R3
Diaz and his team know what they were doing. Post a picture of Diaz at “168 pounds” and use their name and credibility to come in significantly heavier than Lawler on a few days notice. Nick has the advantage and has the star power to do it too unfortunately

Billamahoney
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09.23.2021 | 11:25 AM ET

Call me crazy guys

Predictions: 3 of 3 Winners, 0 Perfect, 150 Points   |   Tied for 4146th

But I think valentina can do it

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Dankmemes112
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09.23.2021 | 11:48 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 3052nd

Abdurakhimov vs. Daukaus
Chris Daukaus, TKO, R1
I think Daukaus is much better than Shamil. He's got very fast hands and I see Shamil just struggling with that speed and power of Daukaus. Can't really see Shamil being all that competitive on the feet which is why I think Daukuas gets the finish very early

Aric123
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09.23.2021 | 11:54 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 8 Winners, 3 Perfect, 465 Points   |   Tied for 3401st

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Robbie Lawler, DEC
I’m a huge fan of Nick Diaz and I always will be but I just can’t see him winning this fight. He’s been talking about how he feels forced to come back to fighting and I really hope he finds something full time that makes him happy.

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09.23.2021 | 12:07 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 595 Points   |   Tied for 2210th

Daebak I laughed too when I saw "Andrade is the end of her career". Duck says whatever his ass (not his brain) thinks of. Yea Andrade is at the end of her career ctfu sureeee.

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PlusmoneyGod
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09.23.2021 | 12:15 PM ET

Shamil can wrestle now better than Oleinik ctfu???

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 595 Points   |   Tied for 2210th

How can Shamil wrestle and win 0 exchanges against Blaydes? Shamil takes down Derrick Lewis from catching kicks not good wrestling. This dude's wrestling has some of the worse Russian wrestling I've ever seen. Shamil doesn't score at all and Lewis is back on his feet within the round. THAT WAS 5 YEARS AGO. The fat out of shape, could care less Lewis.. 


Oleinik held lewis on the ground for an entire round just last year; the Lewis that has put more of a effort into his strength and conditioning. Oleinik tried to grapple Daukaus and got tossed off then KO'd. I'll tell you a cue of whether a fighter can grapple or not: Fighters who can't grapple submit octagon control and circle the outside allowing themselves to get pressure because they need the cage to help them stay up.

 I guess Daukaus is free money then, which I knew, but thanks for confirming Casual008 and Duck

* Edited at 09.23.2021, 1:15 PM ET *

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09.23.2021 | 12:29 PM ET

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Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 545 Points   |   Tied for 2808th

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Nick Diaz, DEC
Diaz being banned for 5 years is literally like the MMA version of when Muhamad Ali got banned for like 5 years

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PlusmoneyGod
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09.23.2021 | 12:45 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 595 Points   |   Tied for 2210th

Kaylahx08 ayo what... ? Muhammad Ali got banned 3 years for standing up for human rights and refusing to fight in the most senseless war in American History... He was standing up not only for Viet citizens who were being brutalized but also for the Americans being drafted and forced to die/ lose limbs. The heroin addiction epidemic in America started in that war as soldiers who weren't built for that life started getting high overseas to cope. So many lives and families were being ruined and Ali stood up for millions of people. Muhammad Ali risked 5 years in prison for his bravery; He may singlehandedly be why citizens are no longer drafted to fight in wars.

Nick Diaz got banned for smoking weed. I smoke weed and I pass all my drug tests. Nick Diaz is an IDIOT, he's not someone who should be praised or viewed as a victim. He was not sacrificing his livelihood for others' lives. Muhammad Ali had more to offer to society when he was handicapped by Parkinson's and couldn't speak then Nick Diaz ever had. You and whoever up voted that dumb ass comment is an idiot. 


Nick Diaz being suspended for 5 years is the equivalent of Josh Gordon being kicked out the NFL every year or any body who has ever gotten suspended for being a substance abusing moron. 90% of people do drugs or alcohol, only a small fraction of us decide to ruin our lives and take food off our table over it.

* Edited at 09.23.2021, 1:38 PM ET *

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09.23.2021 | 1:11 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 565 Points   |   Tied for 2602nd

Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
I see this fight going similar to the Holloway Ortega fight. However there is an unknown, which is how will Volkanovski react to the time off and the after affects of COVID. Also I respect Ortega's skill, but he will have to prove that he has truly leveled up if he hopes to compete with the top of the featherweight division.

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