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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, Punches   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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FistyMcKickerChoke
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09.08.2021 | 2:16 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 640 Points   |   Tied for 1636th

Abdurakhimov vs. Daukaus
Shamil Abdurakhimov, DEC
Sometimes for heavyweight, you have to pick against your gut

Modafferi vs. Santos
Taila Santos, DEC
Santos is younger and Modafferi is coming off a knee injury so this is the obvious pick, but you better believe I'll be putting money on Roxy at some huge odds.

Fiorot vs. Bueno Silva
Manon Fiorot, TKO, R2
Silva could get this to turn into a grind and maybe find a submission but it's more likely she just gets blasted by something.

Maximov vs. Roberson
Nick Maximov, SUB, R1
I am extremely confident in this pick. Roberson is going to get manhandled on the ground immediately

Medic vs. Turner
Uros Medic, TKO, R1
I don't see Turner's body/chin holding up for long with how hard Medic hits, and he's very accurate also.

Semelsberger vs. Sano
Matt Semelsberger, TKO, R1
Sano is going to be so incredibly rusty coming into this fight, I don't care if he's in the Diaz bros gym all the time. That being said, he'll probably be such a huge dog that it's worth a small bet on Sano ML if Semelsberger KO isn't plus money at the time.

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09.08.2021 | 4:21 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 10 Winners, 2 Perfect, 505 Points   |   Tied for 3102nd

Volkanovski vs. Ortega
Alexander Volkanovski, DEC
I honestly want Ortega to win but Volk is the champ for a reason and he is talented af. Beat Max Holloway twice and a resurging Jose Aldo.

Shevchenko vs. Murphy
Valentina Shevchenko, TKO, R2
Duh

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Robbie Lawler, DEC
Robbie Lawler. Iowa.

Blaydes vs. Rozenstruik
Curtis Blaydes, TKO, R2
I can see Curtis learning from his mistakes from his recent KO loss against Derrick Lewis. Blaydes takes Rozenstruik down and throws those Razor Blayde elbows to win in Round 2 or 3

Moraes vs. Dvalishvili
Merab Dvalishvili, DEC
Merab is gonna be relentless. using his strong wrestling prowess and moraes wont do anything about it.

Hooker vs. Haqparast
Dan Hooker, TKO, R2
hooker is gonna finish this man. Nasrat was rocked in his fight against Garcia and Hooker is a way better fighter than Garcia too

Abdurakhimov vs. Daukaus
Chris Daukaus, TKO, R1
Daukaus bro. He is aggressive and is a legit brawler. I think he will finish shamil.

Maximov vs. Roberson
Nick Maximov, SUB, R2
It's gonna look like the Vettori vs Roberson fight all over again.

Medic vs. Turner
Uros Medic, DEC
I think Medic will use his grappling and overwhelm Turner. But idk, Turner may finish him but I am learning towards a Medic decision win

Semelsberger vs. Sano
Matt Semelsberger, TKO, R1
I think Semelsberger will finish Sano in the first round. He reminds me of Matt Brown. Long, lanky welterweight with power.

Morales vs. Pearce
Omar Morales, DEC
Morales is gonna piece him up. That's all I have to say.

DamienHandel420
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09.13.2021 | 1:42 AM ET

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

Do people give Lauren Murphy a chance? even like a 1% or 2% chance? I personally can't count out any fighter from a fight and I think if you think any fighter winning is a certainty than you haven't watch MMA .Stupid **** happen often and big dogs do win, Maybe every card. Murphy could land the perfect overhand, Valintina could break her leg or get DQ. Just saying anything is possible. I'm interested what the people think of fight not having a chance, People do get mad at me for saying ,anyone have a chance. I want to know what people think?

Also I'm not saying Murphy will win or bet on her. Valitina win this fight most of the time

* Edited at 09.13.2021, 4:00 AM ET *

"qwack qwack qwack"

KyleH
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09.13.2021 | 2:24 AM ET

Predictions: 11 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 735 Points   |   Tied for 394th

Murphy didn’t even beat jojo lol, she’s gonna get finished early

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09.14.2021 | 12:21 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 645 Points   |   Tied for 1524th

Lawler vs. Diaz II
Robbie Lawler, DEC
Surprised so many are picking Diaz early. Six and a half years is a long time.

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09.14.2021 | 1:20 PM ET

Predictions: 0 of 1 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 4223rd

The picture of Nick Diaz on that poster is so old lmfao

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PlusmoneyGod
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09.14.2021 | 6:24 PM ET

Does anyone else think the **** he says is as stupid as I do?

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

DamienHandel420  If you wanna pick Murphy then pick her dumbass, stop asking people if we think you're an idiot or not.... You already said this same **** in the thread before and nobody agreed with that stupidity... talking about % chance of winning, *** is this the lottery. It's a fight. Is Lauren Murphy better than Valentina in any area? That's what you a person with a brain would be asking, not about % chance of winning you dunce

"Lauren Murphy can land the perfect overhand" that Amanda Nunes didn't land in 2 separate fights ... yea sure... that's what we think of it

* Edited at 09.14.2021, 6:37 PM ET *

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PlusmoneyGod
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09.14.2021 | 6:33 PM ET

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

KyleH nah dude... Lauren is gonna win man. She's gonna pull out a piece of paper with "1 or 2 %" from her sports bra and Valentina is gonna melt in the middle of the ring

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FistyMcKickerChoke
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09.14.2021 | 7:24 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 640 Points   |   Tied for 1636th

@plusmoney that last one made me laugh ngl

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09.14.2021 | 7:30 PM ET

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

calm down man, You might wake your mom and she might ground you and take away your computer privileges.  I said millions of time that im picking Valtina and I think she win the fight a majority of the time, they is a reason she -1300.  You acting like I'm picking Lauren Murphy so maybe learn to read mate. And btw, you should bet all your  money on Valtina, She make you a sweet 7% profit. She can't possibly losses. Is basically free money.

but for real. If you had a bet on Petr Yan to beat Aljo, That bet loss even though Yan whoop him good. I can give you ton of example of that happen, they fighting with 4 once gloves on, They're ton of chance for a fluke. Valtina at -1300, She make you **** all money and they still a chance she will loss

* Edited at 09.14.2021, 7:48 PM ET *

"qwack qwack qwack"

PlusmoneyGod
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09.15.2021 | 1:17 AM ET

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

DamienHandel420 bro that is the risk we take. That is why we do this. To take risk and be right. Every fight we have ever watched had a chance of the clear favorite breaking their leg or getting a DQ loss. A betting line is what is dictating your fear my friend. That betting line means nothing when that cage door locks.

 Valentina is one of the most low risk plays you'll ever have in this sport. If she loses, live with it, but keeping yourself up at night and re-asking if Lauren Murphy's % of winning should influence our thoughts is stupid. IF you see you something Lauren Murphy can exploit then research it further and make a pick.

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Erison
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09.15.2021 | 1:25 AM ET

Predictions: 12 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 745 Points   |   Tied for 293rd

Sure, Murphy *could* win. But this is about as sure a thing as possible in MMA. So I don’t see the point in thinking of freak possibilities. 
flying_frontkick
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09.15.2021 | 10:15 AM ET

Predictions: 0 of 1 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 4223rd

Murphy is basically the same type of fighter as Jessica Eye, or Katlyn. Very little they are very good at, simply decision machines that have no power or explosiveness, and very little finishes. 

Valentina is pissing me off just fighting these ladies, at least Nunes has taken out how many former champs?

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ThereIsNoSpoon101
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09.15.2021 | 10:42 AM ET

Predictions: 5 of 6 Winners, 2 Perfect, 350 Points   |   Tied for 3862nd

I'm 1.872% sure Murphy will win by Anaconda Choke.
el222
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09.15.2021 | 10:48 AM ET

Predictions: 11 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 745 Points   |   Tied for 302nd

they're both pissing me off tbh. Amanda has fought better competition throughout her career like you said, so I guess she's the lesser of the two evils. but it's been free legacy for both of them lately. we really need some new talent in their divisions. Dana needs to buy out Invicta, and maybe even scrap women's fw altogether 
HiDefff
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09.15.2021 | 11:01 AM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 550 Points   |   Tied for 2780th

Weird to be upset just because they are that much better than all the other women. Invicta lol what? what random promotion out there has these mythological woman that are going to beat either of them? Valentina just slaughtered Andrade and everyones acting like shes some can crusher. its not their fault they mow through everyone put in front of them. Hell MEEEEEEEgan Anderson looks like a world beater against everyone not named Nunes or Spencer lol Nunes made her look like she'd never been in a fight in her life? hows that Amanda's fault. If anything be disappointed that these other ******* wont or cant step their game up enough to even be competitive in a fight with either of these 2 let alone have a chance to win. 

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Thesnake101
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09.15.2021 | 11:57 AM ET

Predictions: 11 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 665 Points   |   Tied for 1244th

Why buy Invicta out if pretty much all of their better fighters end up in the UFC anyway? Women's BW just hasn't developed much since the Ronda era, and WFW is as good as it's ever been, which is not very. There's a reason why a bulk of Cyborg's resume is pudgy cans.
flying_frontkick
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09.15.2021 | 1:21 PM ET

Predictions: 0 of 1 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 4223rd

You're right about that @HiDeff

I have put a little much on her for honestly just fighting these ladies and they just aren't on her level, it's not her fault or theirs. Dana has said in the past he doesn't want Valentina vs. Nunes 3, but at this point would that not be the next best option? 

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FistyMcKickerChoke
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09.15.2021 | 2:09 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 640 Points   |   Tied for 1636th

I want Valentina v Nunes 3 at a catchweight of 130 pounds, for 7 rounds. The last fight could reasonably be called a draw

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09.15.2021 | 2:27 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 550 Points   |   Tied for 2780th

It is the next best option for sure but if we had our way they would also be fighting this weekend at UFC Fight Night: Nunes vs Shevchenko 87 "For all the Marbles" 

To your point Fisty. If Valentina had some form or combo of Chris Lee or Adalaide Byrd we could be talking about a whole different trilogy. Both fights were pretty close. 

* Edited at 09.15.2021, 2:30 PM ET *

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