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Who won Volkanovski vs Ortega?
Alexander Volkanovski beat Brian Ortega by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC 266, on Saturday 25th September 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 50-44, 50-45, 49-46 in favor of winner Alexander Volkanovski.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
This contest was for the UFC featherweight championship.
Volkanovski vs Ortega stats
Alexander Volkanovski stepped into the ring with a record of 22 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Brian Ortega made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out and 7 by submission.
The stats suggested Volkanovski had a large advantage in power over Ortega, boasting at 50% knock out percentage over Ortega's 20%.
Alexander Volkanovski was the older man by 2 years, at 33 years old.
Ortega had a height advantage of 2 inches over Volkanovski. Despite this, he had 3-inch reach advantage.
Volkanovski was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 2 year later than Ortega, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 14 more professional rounds, 66 to Ortega's 52.
Volkanovski vs Ortega form
Volkanovski had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 4 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Max Holloway at UFC 251 on 11th July 2020 by split decision in their UFC Featherweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had defeated Max Holloway at UFC 245 on 14th December 2019 by unanimous decision in their UFC Featherweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Jose Aldo at UFC 237 on 11th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Before that, he had won against Chad Mendes at UFC 232 on 29th December 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at The Forum, Inglewood, United States.
He had beat Shane Young at UFC Fight Night 121 on 18th November 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia.
Volkanovski's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
Ortega's last 4 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.