UFC 266 went down tonight (Sat. September 25, 2021) from Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena and we have the results. The world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion compiled an excellent card for fight fans to enjoy.
It was headlined by a meeting between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega in a featherweight title bout.
The co-headliner saw a flyweight title bout between Valentina Shevchenko and. Lauren Murphy. Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler in a middleweight bout, Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik in a heavyweight showdown, and Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo in a women’s flyweight fight finished out the main card.
Check out MMA News’ UFC 266 results below:
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega
Ortega was bleeding above his right eye while Volkanovski had a cut under his left eye. These guys came out firing. Ortega caught him with a right hook at the end of the first round. Ortega was doing a nice job with his jabs while Volkanovski was mixing things up with leg kicks. Volkanovski was moving forward and doing a nice job of defending while Ortega was picking his shots and landing. They had a nice exchange mid-way through the second round before clinching and separating. In the third round, Ortega caught a leg kick and took him down to the point where he locked in a guillotine choke, but somehow, Volkanovski got out of it. Volkanovski scrambled, got on top and rained down strikes. Ortega locked in a triangle choke off his back, but Volkanovski got out of it and back to his feet only to get back on top of Ortega where he rained down strikes. Ortega got a takedown in the fourth round and went for a submission, but Volkanovski got out of it and rained down strikes. They exchanged in the fifth and this fight came to a close with Volkanovski being awarded the decision win to retain the featherweight title.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy
A slow start. Shevchenko was throwing power shots. Murphy did try to clinch with her, but got punched in the face for her efforts. There was a massive difference in the speed of shots being thrown with Shevchenko coming out the better. Shevchenko landed a spinning back fist and then a kick to the body. Shevchenko scored a takedown with seconds left in the round. Murphy worked for a takedown in the second round, but couldn’t get it. Murphy had nothing with her striking. Shevchenko landed a takedown mid-way through the round and straight into guard. Shevchenko continued to outstrike her in the third round. In the fourth, Shevchenko caught her with a right hook then swarmed her with strikes then got a takedown. Shevchenko rained down strikes on top from half guard and walked away with the win.
Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
Lawler came right at him and was throwing shots while Diaz covered up and was picking his shots. They started trading. Diaz didn’t have speed, but was connecting. When Diaz did throw, he would land in bunches. Lawler came out aggressive in the second round. Lawler tagged him with an uppercut and Diaz started to back away. Diaz’s volume was a problem for Lawler. Throughout it, Lawler was catching him with a left hook. Lawler had the stronger punching power. Diaz was just touching him with strikes and doing it alot. Lawler dropped him in the third round and Lawler backed off while Diaz stayed on the ground. The referee stopped the fight as Diaz refused to get back to his feet. Diaz was holding his knee after the fight.
Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Within the first minute of the first round, Blaydes scored a takedown and rained down elbows from side control. Rozenstruik managed to get back to his feet. They exchanged to the bell. The second round saw Rozenstruik stay on his feet for the majority of it and threw some strikes. Blaydes had his left eye start to swell up thanks to jabs. The fans weren’t thrilled with the lack of action. Rozenstruik landed a jumping knee, but got taken down as a result. Blaydes was in full guard and rained down strikes. The third round also saw Blaydes get a takedown with about two minutes in and did some damage. Blaydes walked away with the decision win.
Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
These two came out firing and Andrade tagged her a few times. Andrade swarmed her up against the fence with two minutes left in the first round. Both were mixing things up with punches and kicks. Andrade was always moving forward and in her face. The end came second on the round when Andrade unloaded with a flurry of strikes up against the fence.
Quick UFC 266 Results
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Featherweight title bout: Alexander Volkanovski def. Brian Ortega by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-44) to retain
- Women’s flyweight title bout: Valentina Shevchenko def. Lauren Murphy by TKO (strikes) at 4:00 of Round 4 to retain
- Middleweight bout: Robbie Lawler def. Nick Diaz by TKO (retirement) at :44 of Round 3
- Heavyweight bout: Curtis Blaydes def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Women’s flyweight bout: Jessica Andrade def. Cynthia Calvillo by TKO (punches) at 4:54 of Round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPNews, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
- Bantamweight bout: Merab Dvalishvili def. Marlon Moraes by TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 2
- Lightweight bout: Dan Hooker def. Nasrat Haqparast by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Heavyweight bout: Chris Daukaus def. Shamil Abdurakhimov by TKO (punches) at 1:23 of Round 2
- Women’s flyweight bout: Taila Santos def. Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
- Lightweight bout: Jalin Turner def. Uros Medic by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:01 of Round 1
- Middleweight bout: Nick Maximov def. Cody Brundage by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Welterweight bout: Matthew Semelsberger def. Martin Sano by knockout (punch) at :15 of Round 1
- Featherweight bout: Jonathan Pearce def. Omar Morales by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:31 of Round 2