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Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega Predictions & Tips - Aussie To Keep Crown

  • Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega tips for September 25
  • UFC 266 is taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
  • Featherweight champion Volkanovski is riding a 19-fight win streak
  • Volkanovski tipped to make a second successful defence of his crown
  • Preview, predictions and head to head stats
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Leigh Copson 23 Sep 2021
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Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega Predictions & Tips

Alexander Volkanovski can make a successful defence of his UFC featherweight crown.

To beat Max Holloway once was an achievement, but to beat him twice is something special.

So no matter how good Brian Ortega looked last time out, there is no way that I can go against the champion here.

  • Alexander Volkanovski has won 19 consecutive fights
  • Alexander Volkanovskihas not lost in the UFC
  • Alexander Volkanovski was able to out-strike Max Holloway in both of their fights
  • Alexander Volkanovsku landed the most significant strikes in his fights with Max Holloway
  • Brian Ortega was overwhelmed and beaten up badly by Max Holloway
  • Brian Ortega has won just once in the last 3 years

Alexander Volkanovski Form

Alexander Volkanovski’s win streak has been going on for so long that you would be forgiven for thinking that he has never lost, but he has.

That rare defeat came way back in May 2013 and since that night he has taken his game to a whole new level.

The 32-year-old Australian has reeled off 19 consecutive victories with nine of them coming under the UFC banner.

In late 2018 he was paired with Chad Mendes and took out the perennial contender insider two rounds to claim his first major scalp. 

When he bested Hall of Fame-bound Jose Aldo several months later he was rewarded with a crack at the featherweight crown.

Then champion Max Holloway was looking pretty unstoppable, but Volkanovski shocked the world by earning the nod after a five-round scrap.

Although the rematch was an even closer affair, two out of the three judges decided that the Aussie had done enough to retain his belt.

There was some controversy surrounding his success against Holloway, but the fact he was even able to compete with ‘Blessed’ for 10 rounds confirmed that Volkanovski is a high-level talent.

Brian Ortega Form

After false-starting in his UFC debut in July 2014, Ortega swiftly established himself as one to watch in the lower weight classes.

He tapped out and then knocked out a couple of experienced campaigners in Diego Brandao and Clay Guida.

His stock continued to grow when he submitted Renato Moicano and Cub Swanson in 2017, and he then ruthlessly dispatched former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in March 2018.

But to say his meteoric rise was brought to a sudden and violent halt would be a gigantic understatement.

Ortega was completely outmatched in his first shot at becoming a UFC champion. He was decimated for four rounds by Max Holloway before the doctor pulled him from the fight.

It would be almost two years before Ortega returned to action, but he finally did last October.

He looked great in a decision win over leading contender Chan Sung Jung, AKA ‘The Korean Zombie’.

‘T-City’ put on a striking show to earn favour from the judges, but has he improved enough to the point where he can knock Volkanovski off his throne?

Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega FAQs

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Where is Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega taking place?

Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega is taking place at UFC 266 on Saturday, September 25 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.



2020 Ortega looked better than 2018 Ortega, but in Volkanovski he is fighting a completely different breed of fighter.

Volkanovski is relentless – he pressures his opponent until they mentally break or physically break, and he could do that here.

Best Bet: Volkanovski to win Winner $1.53 at Ladbrokes Australia - 4 Units
Value Bet: Volkanovski Points Method Of Victory $2.38 at Neds - 2 Units

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