Featherweight and women’s flyweight gold will be on the line at UFC 266 . A pair of title fights are set for the Sept. 25 fight card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega set to meet for 145-pound gold in the main event, while dominant 125-pound queen Valentina Shevchenko defends against Lauren Murphy in the co-headliner. UFC president Dana White announced both title matchups to broadcast partner ESPN on Tuesday. MMA Junkie subsequently verified with people close to the situation, who wished to remain anonymous. Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) and Ortega (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) were first booked to fight in March, but the champion contracted COVID-19 and was unable to compete

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April 25, 2021

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April 24, 2021

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April 22, 2021

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April 22, 2021

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