The UFC’s upcoming September pay-per-view is loaded not just with two championship defenses, but the long-awaited return of one a fan favorite.
On Thursday, the promotion released its official poster for UFC 266, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 25. Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and challenger Brian Ortega top the poster, with flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and her challenger Lauren Murphy positioned just below.
Also featured is a rematch between welterweight veterans Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler. The bout marks Diaz’s first fight since January 2015 after dealing with a lengthy USADA suspension for marijuana. In their first meeting back in 2004, Diaz defeated Lawler by second-round KO.
Volkanovski seeks his second straight defense of the UFC featherweight championship after successfully retaining it in a hotly contested rematch against Max Holloway at UFC 251. “The Great” is 9-0 in UFC competition. He and Ortega can currently be seen serving as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 29.
For Shevchenko, this is her sixth straight defense of the UFC flyweight title. Most recently, she defeated Jessica Andrade by second-round TKO at UFC 261 in April. She now takes on Murphy, a winner of five straight fights.
See the updated UFC 266 lineup below (bout order still to be finalized):
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy
Robbie Lawler vs. Nick Diaz
Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo