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UFC 266 live stream: How to watch Volkanovski vs Ortega online and on TV

An intriguing featherweight title fight headlines UFC 266 this Saturday, as Alexander Volkanovski defends his championship against Brian Ortega in Las Vegas.

Ortega (15-1) first fought for the belt in December 2018 but suffered his first career defeat in the process, the American being pummelled by then-champion Max Holloway for four rounds. Twelve months later, it was Australian Volkanovski (22-1) who ended Holloway’s reign by outpointing the fan favourite, before repeating the feat in July 2020 – though many fans disagreed with the judges’ scorecards.

Ortega recovered from his devastating defeat by Holloway to beat Chan Sung Jung via decision last December, with the jiu jitsu expert producing a striking masterclass over 25 minutes. Now, the 30-year-old Californian goes for UFC gold again, with Volkanovski defending his belt for the first time since his rematch with Holloway, following the headliners’ time spent as opposing coaches on the Ultimate Fighter TV show.

In the co-main event at the T-Mobile Arena, Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) defends her women’s flyweight belt against Lauren Murphy (15-4), while, elsewhere on the card, Nick Diaz – older brother of Nate – returns after six years out to fightRobbie Lawler in a middleweight bout.

The pair squared off 17 years ago, with Diaz (26-9) knocking out fellow American Lawler (28-15) in the second round.

Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 266.

When is it?

The early prelims will begin at 11pm BST on Saturday 25 September. The prelims follow at 1am BST on Sunday, with the main card then beginning at 3am BST.

UFC featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega

How can I watch it?

In the UK, the action will air live on BT Sport 1 HD, as well as the broadcaster’s website and app. In the US, ESPN+ will show the bouts, which are also available on the UFC Fight Pass.

What are the odds?

Volkanovski – 4/7; Ortega – 6/4

Shevchenko – 1/12; Murphy – 7/1

Diaz – 10/11; Lawler – 10/11

Full card

Main card

Alexander Volkanovski (C) vs Brian Ortega (featherweight title)

Valentina Shevchenko (C) vs Lauren Murphy (women’s flyweight title)

Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler (middleweight)

Curtis Blaydes vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik (heavyweight)

Jessica Andrade vs Cynthia Calvillo (women’s flyweight)

Valentina Shevchenko after retaining her flyweight belt against Jessica Andrade

Prelims

Marlon Moraes vs Merab Dvalishvili (bantamweight)

Dan Hooker vs Nasrat Haqparast (lightweight)

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Chris Daukaus (heavyweight)

Early prelims

Manon Fiorot vs Mayra Bueno Silva (women’s flyweight)

Karl Roberson vs Nick Maximov (middleweight)

Matthew Semelsberger vs Martin Sano (welterweight)

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