Australia’s only current UFC champion Alex Volkanovski will return to the Octagon on Sunday, September 26 (AEST), when he defends his featherweight title against Brian Ortega.
Volkanovski hasn’t fought since July of last year, when he successfully defended his title against Max Holloway at UFC 251.
In the co-main, Valentina Shevchenko will defend her women’s flyweight title against Lauren Murphy.
Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 266.
WHEN IS UFC 266?
UFC 266 takes place on Sunday, September 26 (AEST), which of course is Saturday night in the United States.
The event will be hosted live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The paid portion of the program will begin at noon.
WHAT TIME IS UFC 266 IN AUSTRALIA?
UFC 266 kicks off at noon AEST for the pay-per-view portion of the event.
The first preliminaries will start at 8 am and will last two hours, the preliminaries will start at 10 am and will also last two hours.
HOW TO WATCH OR BROADCAST UFC 266 IN AUSTRALIA
As with all UFC pay-per-view events, you can watch them live on Main event for $ 54.95.
You can also watch the event live and in full at Kayo Sports.
UFC 266 FIGHT CARD
Two title fights will headlining with the UFC 266 card, with Australian Alex Volkanovski defending his strap against Brian Ortega, while female flyweight stars Valentina Shevchenko and Lauren Murphy face off.
Nick Diaz will enter the Octagon for the first time since 2015, taking on former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
Here’s the full card for UFC 266.
UFC 266 Main Card
- UFC featherweight title: Alex Volkanovski (c) vs. Brian Ortega
- UFC Women’s Flyweight Title: Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Lauren Murphy
- Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
UFC 266 preliminary card
- Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili
- Dan Hooker vs. Nasprat Haqparast
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukas
UFC 266 preliminary card
- Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
- Karl Roberson vs. Nick Maximov
- Matthew Semelsberger vs. Martin Sano
‘Fuel to the fire’ – Dan Hooker fights for Fau Vake at UFC 266
Dan Hooker is pissed off. He has every reason to be.
In May, Hooker’s training partner and good friend Fau Vake was attacked by four men during a night out in Auckland.
The cowardly attack left Fau fighting for his life at Auckland City Hospital. He died nine days later.
In August, one of the men involved in the attack was sentenced. Prosecutors allege that Ofa Folau was involved in the first part of the attack, but was not held responsible for Fau’s death.
He was sentenced to only six months of house arrest.
So yeah, Dan Hooker is pissed off.
“I’m mad at the situation, and it definitely fueled my training,” Hooker told Sporting News ahead of his fight with Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266 on September 25 (September 26 in Australia).
“It fueled my thirst to go out and fight. I’ve always had that thirst, but it definitely added an incredible amount of fuel to the fire.
“There’s a lot of anger about the situation – a lot of emotions – and the only way I know how to handle that kind of emotion is to fight, get out and compete.”
Click here for our full story on Dan Hooker ahead of his fight against UFC 266.