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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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Nicknack26
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09.25.2021 | 11:13 AM ET

@jayjits

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 660 Points   |   Tied for 1318th

**** yeah thats who i meant lol. 

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09.25.2021 | 11:17 AM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 660 Points   |   Tied for 1318th

think Murphy could go the full 5 rounds but its gonna be hell for her if it does goes that, and she'll be wishing she wasn't as tough, but i thin Valentina has the power and precision to finish Murphy 

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foppa420
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09.25.2021 | 11:27 AM ET

still doing research but I feel good about all but 3-4 of these

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 630 Points   |   Tied for 1813th




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09.25.2021 | 11:33 AM ET

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 580 Points   |   Tied for 2408th

Fight Day LFGGGG

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RandoBrando
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09.25.2021 | 11:33 AM ET

What time does the early prelims start at PST?
lldowntoearthll
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09.25.2021 | 11:48 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 5 Perfect, 695 Points   |   Tied for 830th

Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
ortega has a shot but ultimately doesn't really deserve to be here with a single win. i think alex can win the stand up and ALSO take him down without fear, people might be underestimating his top control.

Shevchenko vs. Murphy
Valentina Shevchenko, DEC
murphy is tough and will likely push forward regardless of damage so i think val will have to play more conservatively considering she's been taken down and held there recently.

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Nick Diaz, DEC
hedging, hoping to be wrong. nick diaz last fought when robbie was still champ and last won 10 years ago. robbie has been on the downslope, but hasn't been losing to scrubs or anything, i feel like he'll be able to go all 5 if need be.

Blaydes vs. Rozenstruik
Jairzinho Rozenstruik, TKO, R2
bigi is my underdog of the night. of course we have no clue what his tdd looks like, nobody has really tried, but i do know that blaydes can run into things. no reason to think bigi's power couldn't put him out too.

Andrade vs. Calvillo
Jéssica Andrade, TKO, R2
calvillo hasn't seen power like this before so i'll say she goes down from it eventually if she can't get early td's.

Moraes vs. Dvalishvili
Merab Dvalishvili, SUB, R2
totally possible that marlon lands the right shots to turn merab's lights out, but i think he'll wait too long and won't be able to manage the distance well enough to prevent the clinch and eventual takedowns. i'm going a step further and saying he'll find the rnc just because i need to pick at least one sub.

Hooker vs. Haqparast
Dan Hooker, DEC
feeling like this one will start fast and then drop off pace-wise, which probably favors the sniping ability of hooker?

Abdurakhimov vs. Daukaus
Chris Daukaus, TKO, R2
looking at who he's fought, i feel less confident picking daukaus than i did prior, but i still feel like he'll push forward on shamil unlike others who have froze.

Modafferi vs. Santos
Taila Santos, DEC
would love to see roxy continue her on/off streak with her grinding ability, but i feel like santos should be able to control the striking and matador when necessary.

Medic vs. Turner
Jalin Turner, TKO, R2
both big lightweights, i'm gonna go against the grain and take the larger one. gonna need to see more than finishing aalon cruz before i get behind medic, turner has been finishing low end fighters in the ufc too.

Maximov vs. Brundage
Nick Maximov, DEC
tough call, part of me wants to say that someone from factory x should be able to chop down someone who doesn't check kicks like a diaz, but i have no idea what maximov does. i'm gonna take nick because he's not short notice, though i'm anything but confident.

Semelsberger vs. Sano
Matt Semelsberger, TKO, R2
would seem that diaz's boy doesn't really belong here so my pick will treat him as such.

Morales vs. Pearce
Omar Morales, DEC
guess i feel like pearce relies on the ko and (i know this tends to get me in trouble) morales hasn't been ko'd and has gone to decision in past 4 whereas pearce hasn't seen scorecards in 4 years.

Thewelshguy1998
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09.25.2021 | 11:49 AM ET

Predictions: 5 of 5 Winners, 1 Perfect, 320 Points   |   Tied for 3920th

******* pumped for this card 
the_jakethomas
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09.25.2021 | 12:26 PM ET

Predictions: 11 of 13 Winners, 5 Perfect, 730 Points   |   Tied for 417th

3pm 

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MrJuicyyPants
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09.25.2021 | 12:36 PM ET

Volk(-175) inside the distance (+285)
Rosenstriuk(+250)
Hooker(-150) inside the distance (+190)
Morales(-150)
Talia Santos ITD(+265)
Marlon Moraes(+210)

-juicyy 
Dankmemes112
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09.25.2021 | 12:37 PM ET

Prediction Comments

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

Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
Ortega is dangerous man but I think Volk's IQ and skill can work around the spinning elbows and power punches of Ortega. Volk is so good at getting in range and exploding with shots, Ortega's footwork has improved so much but defensively he still doesn't move his head and once someone gets inside his range he gets hit. Ortega also doesn't check leg kicks, Volk is so good at disrupting other fighters with leg kicks alone, it stops people from pressuring him. It's a very tough fight for either guy but I think Volk will take this by decision, I can see him out pointing Ortega in each round

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09.25.2021 | 12:37 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 680 Points   |   Tied for 1028th

Man I can't wait for the fights tonight

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MrJuicyyPants
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09.25.2021 | 12:40 PM ET

Did Valentina look conservative in the Andrade fight? Maia used her big head and got 1 takedown 2 fights ago big whoop
****eusFeget
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09.25.2021 | 1:38 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 8 Winners, 1 Perfect, 470 Points   |   Tied for 3352nd

Medic vs. Turner
Jalin Turner, DEC
He black!

andrewshaw2000
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09.25.2021 | 2:10 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 11 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 680 Points   |   Tied for 997th

Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
I feel this will be a close fight but have Volkanovski getting it done, Ortega looked good in his last fight but feel Alex will bring a different pace that Ortega will struggle with.

Shevchenko vs. Murphy
Valentina Shevchenko, DEC
pretty simple to be honest, Valentina is better all round than Murphy but Murphy is a tough as they come so don't think Valentina gets the Finnish.

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Robbie Lawler, DEC
in my opinion Nick doesn't look like he wants to be there which and he has been like that in the past. I can see Lawler outboxing him for 5 rounds and getting the W.

Blaydes vs. Rozenstruik
Curtis Blaydes, SUB, R2
Hard fight to judge either blaydes is going to get caught and put to sleep or he will wrestle **** Bigi Boy.

Yo3L_R0mero
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09.25.2021 | 2:18 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 5 Perfect, 690 Points   |   Tied for 908th

Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
While I want Ortega to win, it's unrealistic imo.

Shevchenko vs. Murphy
Valentina Shevchenko, TKO, R3
Just struggling to pick HOW Valentina will win, not if she'll win. Is Murphy really tough enough to make it to a decision? I guess we'll find out

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Robbie Lawler, DEC
I'm struggling to pick between KO and decision. But Robbie hasn't gotten a KO since the Rory fight, so I'll go with decision. Did y'all see Nick's shadow boxing promo video?? Omg he looked painfully slow... brought me back to Holyfield a couple weeks ago

Blaydes vs. Rozenstruik
Curtis Blaydes, DEC
Hope Blaydes isn't scared to shoot early after getting obliterated by that uppercut last fight. Rozenstruik will have nothing for him on the ground. I still stand by the fact that Overeem won that fight and it was an early stoppage, cause Overeem exposed him on the ground.

Moraes vs. Dvalishvili
Merab Dvalishvili, DEC
So nervous for this fight, cause Merab's striking is sloppy. As long as he makes it past the first round, he'll dominate though!

Hooker vs. Haqparast
Nasrat Haqparast, DEC
He'll get this win for his mother!

Abdurakhimov vs. Daukaus
Chris Daukaus, TKO, R2
Chris Daukaus' manager needs a raise! Another easy win for Chris

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Tap867
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09.25.2021 | 2:43 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 690 Points   |   Tied for 908th

Maximov vs. Brundage
Cody Brundage, SUB, R3
Yeah.... Cody.

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CrimsonChinGuru
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09.25.2021 | 3:04 PM ET

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

Lolllll Aljo is out for "unknown reasons" for his fight against Yan. 🤣

Loving these Brundage picks, making me more confident.

* Edited at 09.25.2021, 3:04 PM ET *

DamienHandel420
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09.25.2021 | 3:21 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 1 Perfect, 520 Points   |   Tied for 2998th

He already beat Yan once, he beat him again. I think it Yan who pulled out from the fight from fear to get punch from the powerful Aljamain’ the funk master’ Sterling agein.

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adrndc11
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09.25.2021 | 3:21 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 5 Perfect, 680 Points   |   Tied for 1108th

Diaz had like 53 % picks yesterday, it changed quickly

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09.25.2021 | 3:44 PM ET

Predictions: 11 of 13 Winners, 7 Perfect, 790 Points   |   Tied for 98th

Yeah, everyone saw fat Diaz and starting changing picks, myself included

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