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UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega Full Results and Performance Bonuses

  • T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosted UFC 266.
  • Two title fights headlined – Flyweights Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy and featherweights Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega.
  • Veteran Nick Diaz returned after six years to face Robbie Lawler in rematch 17 years in the making.

The UFC returned to a sold-out T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night for arguably the promotion’s best pay-per-view of the year. The event’s full results, including performance bonus payouts, are below.

13 fights stacked out a hugely exciting fight card, including two title fights as well as the long-awaited return of cult-favorite Nick Diaz, who rematched Robbie Lawler, 17 years on from their first encounter.

The event could not have started better after Matthew Semelsberger knocked Martin Sano out in just 15-seconds of the very first round.

The rest of the Prelims were then followed by four more finishes – setting up a truly mouth-watering Main Card.

Other notable matchups included an exciting women’s flyweight bout between former title challenger Jessica Andrade and Cynthia Calvillo and Curtis Blaydes facing Jairzinho Rozenstruik in a heavyweight showdown.

UFC 266 was co-mained by women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, who took on Lauren Murphy in what was the Kyrgyzstani’s sixth title defense.

Speaking to the UFC ahead of her latest fight, the pound-for-pound great said: “I’m here to perform in the best way that I can and to have the life that I want. In every single fight, I want to show the best of me, the best martial arts, the best technique.

“That’s why I am preparing for it very seriously. I’m not taking any fight as it being an easy fight. I know it’s going to be a hard fight, that’s why I train harder to make it easier. That’s my philosophy and approach to the fight.”

Sep 25, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Valentina Shevchenko celebrates her TKO victory against Lauren Murphy during UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko in action against challenger Lauren Murphy during UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Elsewhere, the top of the card was headlined by fierce rivals Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega which showcased arguably one of the best rounds in UFC title fight history.

Round 3 between Volkanovski and Ortega saw the champion nearly finished on the ground twice before rallying to come back and execute some vicious ground and pound. Referee Herb Dean was forced to seriously consider stopping the bout but allowed the bell to sound before both men hobbled back to their corners.

Early Prelims Results

Featherweight: Jonathan Pearce vs. Omar Morales
Winner: Jonathan Pearce
Method: Submission – Round 2

Welterweight: Matthew Semelsberger vs. Martin Sano
Winner: Matthew Semelsberger
Method: Knockout – Round 1

Middleweight: Cody Brundage vs. Nick Maximov
Winner: Nick Maximov
Method: Decision

Lightweight: Uros Medic vs. Jalin Turner
Winner: Jalin Turner
Method: Submission – Round 1

Prelims Results

Women’s Flyweight: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Talia Santos
Winner: Talia Santos
Method: Decision

Heavyweight: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus
Winner: Chris Daukaus
Method: Knockout – Round 2

Lightweight: Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Winner: Dan Hooker
Method: Decision

Bantamweight: Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili
Winner: Merab Dvalishvili
Method: Knockout – Round 2

Main Card Results

Women’s Flyweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Winner: Jessica Andrade
Method: Knockout – Round 1

Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Winner: Curtis Blaydes
Method: Decision

Middleweight: Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
Winner: Robbie Lawler
Method: Knockout – Round 3

Women’s Flyweight: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy
Winner: Valentina Shevchenko
Method: Knockout – Round 4

Featherweight: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega
Winner: Alexander Volkanovski
Method: Decision

Performance Bonuses

Performance of the Night: Chris Daukaus ($50,000)

Performance of the Night: Merab Dvalishvili ($50,000)

Fight of the Night: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega ($50,000 each)

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