One of the biggest names in MMA is about to step into the Octagon this month to defend his World Featherweight strap. Aussie Alexander Volkanovski has never been beaten since he joined the UFC franchise and is now one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.
He will take on American Brian Ortega in what many fans are already calling the fight on the year. We may have been made to wait a little longer for it due to Volkanovski contracting Covid 19 in June, but the wait is nearly over. And it has all the hallmarks of a classic.
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Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega fight preview
When Alexander Volanovski steps into the mesh walls of the octagon with Brian Ortega this September it’s safe to say we can expect fireworks. The two seem like a UFC match made in heaven, thanks in large part to their similarities. Both fighters are at the peak of their careers in their early thirties. They both have only one career defeat to their name in MMA, and they have both had legendary fights with UFC great, Max Holloway.
In fact, we could look at their experiences against Holloway to better gauge who will walk to the mat as favourite at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Volkanovski won his World Title against Holloway in 2019, and the rematch a year later. Yet Holloway is the only fighter ever to have beaten Ortega in his MMA career.
But as they say in the fight game, styles make fights, meaning no two are ever the same. Ortega has a slight height advantage and his switch-hitting ability makes him a difficult opponent to pin down. He is renowned for his ‘Nate Diaz style’ of fighting, in that he is willing to stand toe-to-toe, and the only way to get him out of the Octagon is by rendering him unconscious!
If there is one man capable of doing exactly that, however, it’s Volkanovski. His background in Kickboxing and Muay Thai, coupled with the fact that he is a brown belt in jiu-jitsu, allows him to really mix it up when standing or grappling. If Ortega doesn’t know that he is in for one of the toughest nights of his career now, he certainly will when it’s all over, whoever’s arm is lifted.
When is Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega?
Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega will take place on Sunday, September 26 (AU) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Main Card of fights will get underway from 12.00 pm (AEST), with Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega starting at approximately 1.30 pm. The fight is scheduled for 5 rounds and will be available to watch exclusively via Main Event PPV (Foxtel/Kayo Sports).
Which providers will show Volkanovski vs Ortega?
Main Event pay per view events, including UFC 266, are only available to purchase via Foxtel and Kayo Sports in Australia. It should be noted that Main Event PPVs do not come as part of an existing subscription with these providers and can only be purchased separately.
|Providers||Main Event PPVs|
Where to watch UFC 266 Volkanovski vs Ortega
Stream Main Event with Kayo
If you are an existing Kayo customer you can purchase this one-off pay per view direct via the Kayo app, or your Kayo account. If you don’t have a subscription, feat not. With Kayo you can buy the fight without having to sign up for a Kayo monthly plan. All you need to do is create an account, pay for the event and you will be able to watch the big fight, as well as the undercard fights, live and ad-free. When you purchase UFC 266 through Kayo you will get full access to all their channels and features for a whole 4 days after the fight, meaning you can check out all the other sports content they offer!
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Watch Main Event on Foxtel
To watch Main Event Pay Per Views with Foxtel or Foxtel Now, all you need is your Foxtel ID. Simply head to the Foxtel Store, search for UFC 266 and purchase the event. Main Event is available on channel 521 for Foxtel residential customers. You can also purchase UFC 266 with a Foxtel Now account. Simply log in and make the purchase using your Foxtel ID.
Tale of the tape
There are some striking similarities when you look at the statistics that back up both fighter’s credentials, which would indicate we are in for a compelling fight. Here will look a little deeper into each fighter’s experience and their strengths going into UFC 266.
Can Volkanovski clean up in the division?
Alexander Volkanovski’s recent record reads like a who’s who of the UFC. Not only has he faced Max Holloway twice (for the UFC Featherweight Championship) and won, but he has also overcome the likes of Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes and Darren Elkins. If he keeps beating these types of opponents, including Brian Ortega, he will surely go down as one of the greatest of all time in the featherweight division.
Volkanovski has had 23 fights in his professional career so far and lost only one of them. That came well before he moved to the UFC in 2013 against another Australian, Corey Nelson. This blip only served to spur him onto bigger and better things. That one loss may just have created the beast that he has become today.
Will Brian Ortega win his second title shot?
“T-City”, as he is commonly known in MMA circles, has built a reputation as a knock out specialist during his time as a UFC Featherweight. He has already fought for the same belt that Alexander Volkanovski now holds, and will be hoping it’s second time lucky.
So far in his career, he has 15 wins and one loss. These wins have included KOs and TKOs against Frankie Edgar, Clay Guida and Cub Swanson, who Ortega choked in only two rounds. His only loss came against Max Holloway (for the featherweight title). But his last win over the Korean Zombie (Chan Sung Jung) may have been his best to date. Yes, it went the distance, but it showed that Ortega is about much more than the slugfests he has become renowned for.
What next for the winner?
If Alexander Volkanovski finishes this fight as Featherweight Champion, he will have cleaned up the division. The Australian fighter would likely move up to Lightweight and open the possibility of major fights against the likes of Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier.
If Brian Ortega walks away with the title, we will probably see Dana White announce a rematch between the two in the not too distant future. Either one of these outcomes only means we are sure to see more great fights further down the line in Las Vegas!
Who else is fighting on UFC 266 main card?
There are some real tasty fights on the UFC 266 fight card spread across both men’s and women’s weight divisions.
|Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega||UFC Featherweight Championship|
|Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy||Women’s Flyweight Title|
|Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler 2||Welterweight|
|Curtis Blaydes vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik||Heavyweight|
|Jessica Andrade vs Cynthia Calvillo||Flyweight|
Watch UFC 266 prelims for free
If you still want to get a glimpse of the UFC 266 atmosphere at the T-Mobile Arena without paying for the PPV, you can watch the early prelims on ESPN. ESPN is available in Australia for anyone who has access to Fox Sports (Foxtel, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports).
If you don’t already have a Foxtel Now or Kayo subscription, you can check them both out along with ESPN with free trial offers. Foxtel Now provides a 10-day free trial that includes all Fox Sports channels for new customers. The Kayo free trial also lets you watch all Fox Sports content, the main difference being their trial lasts for 14 days.
Another added bonus of Foxtel Now (Sports Pack) and Kayo sports is that they show weekly UFC Fight Night content live, featuring some of the best upcoming fighters in MMA. You can also watch hit UFC shows like Ultimate Fighter and Dan White’s Contenders Series.
UFC 266 prelims card
Check out the UFC 266 prelims from 9.00am, Sunday, September 26 on ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo).
|Marlon Moraes vs Merab Dvalishvili||Bantamweight|
|Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Chris Daukaus||Heavyweight|
|Dan Hooker vs Nasrat Haqparest||Lightweight|
|Roxanne Modafferi vs Taila Santos||Flyweight|
What to watch after UFC 266
Once you have watched the UFC featherweight bout on Main Event with Kayo, you get four days of the service completely free. Why not check out some of the best sports and events they offer?
Streaming devices for watching UFC on Foxtel and Kayo
Here is a list of sports streaming devices for streaming MMA on your home TV or mobile device.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)