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UFC 266 live blog: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega

Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega at UFC 266
Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega will collide in the UFC 266 main event Saturday.
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This is the UFC 266 live blog for Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega, the featherweight main event for Saturday’s fight card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Volkanovski and Ortega served as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 29, and Team Volkanovski dominated the reality-show tournament with two members winning the TUF crown. Ortega, the No. 4 ranked featherweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings and a two-time featherweight title challenger, hopes to get the last laugh after a comeback win this past October against Chan Sung Jung. Prior to that, he suffered a brutal TKO loss against now-former champ Max Holloway, the man Volkanovski beat twice to win and retain the featherweight belt.

At No. 1 in the featherweight rankings and No. 5 on the pound-for-pound list, Volkanovski faces his first new opponent since his pair of wins over Holloway cemented him as the No. 1 featherweight. Volkanovski hasn’t lost a fight since 2013 and has won 19 straight fights.

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