Aussie UFC star Alex Volkanovski beats Brian Ortega to reclaim Featherweight title at UFC266


Aussie UFC star Alex Volkanovski escapes two submissions to beat Brian Ortega and reclaim the Featherweight Championship in classic

  • Aussie UFC star Alex Volkanovski wins classic against Brian Ortega at UFC266
  • Dimuntive fighter from NSW south coast won in unanimous decision on Sunday
  • Volkanovski dominated fight but escaped two submission attempts from Ortega
  • Fans and commentators labelled it one of the greatest fights in UFC history 


Australian MMA star Alex Volkanovski has retained his UFC featherweight title with a dominant victory over Brian Ortega – the 20th consecutive win of his career.

The diminutive fighter from Shellharbour on the NSW south coast headlined UFC266 against his Ultimate Fighter rival in a Covid-rescheduled fight that was supposed to take place in March.  

Twice the little Aussie fought his way out of two submissions that would have won most fights before unleashing a furious and brutal barrage of strikes on the American.

But Volkanovski couldn’t finish off Ortega and the bloodied fighters threw punches until the very end in one of the greatest fights in recent memory.

‘Everyone back in Australia, I know you’re going through a hard time, this is for you,’ he said after the fight. 

Aussie MMA star Alex Volkanovski has retained his UFC featherweight title with a dominant win over Brian Ortega – the 20th consecutive win of his career

Twice the little Aussie fought his way out of two submissions that would have won most fights before unleashing a furious and brutal barage of strikes on the American

Twice the little Aussie fought his way out of two submissions that would have won most fights before unleashing a furious and brutal barage of strikes on the American

Ortega, who was a judge on the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter series against Volkanovski, had no love lost for his opponent, before the fight but was full of respect for him after it. 

‘That little b*stard is tough as hell man, I thought I had him but nothing but respect,’ Ortega said of Volkanovski.

The pair left the ring arm in arm sharing smiles after the fight which is being called one of the best fights ever.

Volkanovski won the first two rounds in commanding fashion, keeping Ortega on his feet and repeatedly landing leg kicks and jabs to the American. 

The end of the second round saw the two fighters come together and have to be separated by their teams and the referee.

The third round of the fight saw Ortega turn the tide, unleashing a vicious takedown into a chokehold that almost forced Volkanovski to tap out.

The commentators, including former Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, were screaming at the Australian to tap out, but somehow he managed to position his chin to get out of the submission.

Ortega, nicknamed T-City for his propensity to tap opponents in a triangle choke hold, then looked to pull the manouevre on Volkanovski who again looked in trouble

Ortega, nicknamed T-City for his propensity to tap opponents in a triangle choke hold, then looked to pull the manouevre on Volkanovski who again looked in trouble

The proud Australian again managed to wriggle free before unleashing a series of vicious hits to Ortega's face

The proud Australian again managed to wriggle free before unleashing a series of vicious hits to Ortega’s face

The American stood, covered in blood with a badly closed over eye, with his team scrambling to keep him in condition to keep fighting

The American stood, covered in blood with a badly closed over eye, with his team scrambling to keep him in condition to keep fighting

Ortega, nicknamed T-City for his propensity to tap opponents in a triangle chokehold, then tried to pull the manouevre on Volkanovski who again looked in trouble. 

The proud Australian, who walked out to Men At Work’s Land Down Under, again managed to wriggle free before unleashing a series of vicious hits to Ortega’s face.

The sold-out T-Mobile Arena crowd was on its feet as Volkanovski looked to close out Ortega, who somehow managed to stay in the fight.

The American stood, covered in blood with a badly closed over eye, with his team scrambling to keep him in condition to continue fighting. 

The fight somehow made it the distance, with Ortega unleashing a series of all-or-nothing punches at the end to dent Volkanovski’s lead but not his win.

The Australian retains his title with a 20th-straight win in one of the most memorable title fights the UFC has seen in years. 

The Australian retains his title with a 20th-straight win in one of the most memorable title fights the UFC has seen in years

The Australian retains his title with a 20th-straight win in one of the most memorable title fights the UFC has seen in years



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