Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
The main card for the UFC’s September pay-per-view event has been revealed.
During Saturday’s UFC Vegas 31 broadcast, the promotion announced the five-fight card that will air on ESPN+ PPV on Sept. 25. The event will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will cap off the return of the UFC’s International Fight Week.
In the main event, the coaches for this season of The Ultimate Fighter will fight for the UFC featherweight title as Alexander Volkanovski, No. 1 ranked 145er in MMA Fighting’s global rankings, defends against the No. 4 ranked Brian Ortega.
MMA Fighting’s No. 2 ranked pound-for-pound women’s fighter Valentina Shevchenko will defend her flyweight title against Lauren Murphy, ranked No. 4 in MMA Fighting’s global rankings, in the co-main event.
In the first of a trio of five-round fights, Nick Diaz returns to the octagon for the first time in over six years as he takes on Robbie Lawler in a welterweight matchup. The two first met in April 2004 at UFC 47 where Diaz stopped Lawler with punches in the second round.
Check out the full UFC 266 main card below:
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega - featherweight title fight
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy - flyweight title fight
Robbie Lawler vs. Nick Diaz - five-round welterweight bout