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UFC 266 in Tweets: Fighters react to Alexander Volkanovski’s slugfest with Brian Ortega, Nick Diaz loss

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The Ultimate Fighter 29 coaches Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega entered the octagon at UFC 266 as rivals, but left with great respect for the other.

After a five-round slugfest with several twists and turns, Volkanovski carried the day with a unanimous decision via 49-46, 50-45 and 50-44 scores for his second title defense as the featherweight champ. But the scorecards didn’t quite reflect a highly competitive fight where Ortega won over the crowd for his refusal to give up.

The UFC 266 main event, along with the return of Nick Diaz for a rematch with Robbie Lawler, got fighters talking. Here’s what they had to say.


Alexander Volkanovski def. Brian Ortega


Valentina Shevchenko def. Lauren Murphy


Robbie Lawler def. Nick Diaz


Jessica Andrade def. Cynthia Calvillo