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Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega Tips - Champ to win on points

  • This is the main event of UFC 266
  • Featherweight title bout will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
  • Volkanovski makes his second title defence
  • Volkanovski has won his last 19 fights
  • Ortega beat 'Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung in his last fight
Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) is a star and although the rest of the world continues to underrate him.

We do not.

He has just the one professional loss in 24 career fights and is undefeated in nine inside the UFC promotion. 

This includes three wins in a row against the only two fighters in the conversation for the GOAT of the division. Volkanovski won the featherweight title from Max Holloway in December 2019 and successfully defended it in their rematch in July 2020 via a controversial split decision. He has won his last 19 fights in mixed martial arts. 

Brian Ortega (15-1) also has just the one loss to his resume as well, a doctor’s stoppage loss to Holloway in December 2018.

He was absolutely pieced up by Holloway that night and he runs into another high volume, pressure type of fighter in the Aussie champ. The American has since bounced back with a unanimous decision victory over 'Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung in October 2020.

Ortega’s best pathway to victory is seemingly in the grappling and on the canvas with his outstanding BJJ but I think he will find it very tough to get Volkanovski down into the depths of his world.

Verdict

Volk has extremely good footwork and is lightning quick in exchanges and I think the champ will do enough to win a decision.

Best Bet: Volkanovski by Points Method of Victory @140 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
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