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UFC 266 Live Stream, Betting tips, odds and Predictions

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Three captivating bouts unfold in the UFC 266 on September 25, 2021. Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski puts the belt on the line as he faces Brian Ortega at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The co-main event features the women’s flyweight title bout between the current champion Valentina Shevchenko and Lauren Murphy. A veteran mixed martial artist Nick Diaz returns to the octagon after a five-year hiatus, he will face the middleweight fighter Robbie Lawler on Saturday evening.

Visa issues are a constant headache for Dana White’s firm, Dan Hooker and Nasrat Haqparast are the victims for the weekend. Dan Hooker cleared it and will arrive at Las Vegas before the fight however, Haqparast is stuck with the procedures.

Manon Fiorot vs Mayra Bueno Silva bout is postponed to October 16, owing to COVID-19 protocol. It is replaced by a lightweight bout between Uros Medic and Jalin Turner. Cody Brundage will face Nick Maximov instead of Karl Roberson. The main card is power-packed with high octane bouts featuring Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Jessica Andrade and Cynthia Calvillo. Saturday night will be a festival for the MMA diaspora.

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Details of UFC 266:

Main event: Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega

Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV United States

Date: September 25, 2021

Time: the main card starts by 10:00 PM ET/02:00 AM GMT (next day)

How to live stream UFC 266?

While the ESPN+ platform live streams UFC Fight Nights without any additional charges, UFC 266 will be only available to the subscribers if they pay for the fight individually, or upgrade to an annual plan. New subscribers get an offer of 35% on the UFC PPV bundle.

In the UK, BT sport is the official broadcaster of UFC.

BELL holds the rights to broadcast the fights in Canada this year.

UFC official website and application provides the UFC fight pass for the fans and viewers worldwide to live stream the event based on subscription.

Also, bet365.com offers a live streaming option for active betters in any of the fights in UFC 266.

Fight card:

Mains

Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega

Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy

Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler

Curtis Blaydes vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Jessica Andrade vs Cynthia Calvillo

Prelims

Marlon Moraes vs Merab Dvalishvili

Dan Hooker vs Nasrat Haqparast

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Chris Daukaus

Roxanne Modafferi vs Taila Santos

Early Prelims

Manon Fiorot vs Mayra Bueno Silva

Karl Roberson vs Nick Maximov

Matthew Semelsberger vs Martin Sano

Uros Medic vs Jalin Turner

Jonathan Pearce vs Omar Morales

Predictions

Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega

Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski will defend his UFC Featherweight title against Brian Ortega in an enthralling affair this Saturday. Standing at 5′ 6″, the Australian champ holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and fights out of Windang, New South Wales. A controversial split decision in the previous match against Max Holloway helped Volkanovski to retain the belt. He hasn’t fought since then. So, fourteen months of idleness comes to an end finally.

Volkanovski is infamous for the madness he creates within the cage while he is fighting. The uncertainty, tension and constantly changing rhythm keeps his adversaries on the edge throughout the bout. On top of that, he throws a high volume of punches and his footwork is precise which can make fighters go crazy. Accustomed to fighting from Southpaw, the Australian switches to orthodox when necessary. A TKO from Corey Nelson took down the Australian long back in 2013, it is the only flaw in a 22-1 record.

Brian Ortega is a skilled submission artist who can knock down his opponents as well. He can dominate anyone on the mat but taking someone down unscathed is a challenge for anyone. His takedown defence suggests that he indeed has problems and also his takedown accuracy is lower than Volkanovski. But the Californian has submitted Diego Brandao, Renato Moicano and Cub Swanson while knocked out Frankie Edgar three years ago. Last year, he got himself into trouble for allegedly slapping Jay Park, the translator for Chang Sung Jung, his opponent, in the headline event of UFC Fight Night.

The black belt holder in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was on the news for the wrong reason in his UFC debut, as he tested positive for drostanolone during screening. Getting back to the Octagon, Ortega showed that he can go the distance, in the last bout, against The Korean Zombie. A submission average of 1.06 is a constant threat. All said, Volkanovski’s knockout ability will be a factor and Ortega’s match against Holloway hints about his struggle with technical fighters. If Volkanovksi can showcase some of his brilliant technical moves, Ortega will fall in the end.

Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy hails from Arizona, US and has a decade long journey with the UFC. She moved up to flyweight in 2017 and has failed only once to Sijara Eubanks since then. A split decision victory over Joanne Calderwood is the latest for the American. She is training with the best, Derrick Lewis, and is a powerhouse like his current trainer. Outmatching her adversary in striking is impressive but 4.25 strikes absorbed per minute might have an effect on the 38-year-old coming Saturday. Most of her victories have come through knockouts and decisions.

Wearing the MMA gloves since she was five, Valentina Shevchenko is a classic flyweight, a division ruled by the lioness Amanda Nunes. She is the second-best women MMA fighter on the planet right now. Shevchenko is a well-rounded fighter with a Muay Thai and kickboxing background. She can grapple and submit her opponents by will. The Kyrgyzstan fighter lost to Nunes twice in her career but is optimistic about fighting the champ once more. As for the Saturday fixture, Shevchenko will upset Lauren Murphy. Eagerly awaiting the Lezginka!

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