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LAS VEGAS, United States (Reuters) - Australian champion Alexander Volkanovski won a unanimous decision victory over Brian Ortega to successfully defend his featherweight title and Valentina Shevchenko dominated Lauren Murphy to retain the flyweight belt at UFC 266 on Saturday.
In a five-round war of attrition, Volkanovski had the better of the opening two rounds before explosive activity in the third saw the champ survive two choke attempts to unleash a merciless storm of punches on Ortega, who barely made it to the end of the round.
Californian Ortega went for another choke early in the fourth and once again Volkanovski was able to reverse the position to land thunderous blows from the top, but again Ortega survived.
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LAS VEGAS – is soaking it up and living in the moment. Ahead of what might seem to some, including herself, an improbable title shot, Murphy (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) isn't getting ahead of herself. But that doesn't mean she's not enjoying the lead-up to her first…Ahead of what might seem to some, including herself, an improbable title shot, Murphy (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) isn’t getting ahead of herself. But that doesn’t mean she’s not enjoying the lead-up to her first title opportunity at UFC 266, either.
Behind on the judges' scorecards, Ortega had no choice but to swing for the fences in the final frame, but Volkanovski gutted out the last five minutes to take the decision and retain the belt.
In the co-main event, flyweight challenger Murphy was no match for Shevchenko, and the 33-year-old from Kyrgyzstan completely outclassed the American before securing a TKO finish on the ground with a minute remaining in the fourth round.
In one of the most anticipated bouts on the card, fan favourite Nick Diaz made his return to the octagon after an absence of more than six years, but the 38-year-old lost his middleweight fight with Robbie Lawler by third-round TKO.
(Reporting by Philip O'Connor in Stockholm)
UFC 266 results, takeaways: Alexander Volkanovski deserves our respect while Nick Diaz needs to call it quits .
The latest PPV offering from Las Vegas delivered in a big way on Saturday night with lots of lessons to be learnedFeatherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski outlasted a determined Brian Ortega in their thriller of a five-round main event to defend his title and Valentina Shevchenko only continued her dominance as women's flyweight champion. And then there was the return of Nick Diaz.