UFC International Fight Week traditionally takes place in July with a big fight card and the Hall of Fame induction. In 2021, International Fight Week is in September and ends with UFC 266 featuring two title fights.
In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defends her women’s flyweight title against Lauren Murphy, while Alexander Volkanovski lays his featherweight strap on the line against Brian Ortega in the main event. Looking at UFC 266 odds for the final fight of the night, Volkanovski is the betting favorite.
There has been nothing but success in the UFC for Volkanovski, who has won all nine of his bouts in the Octagon, including narrow decision victories over Max Holloway in his last two appearances. He hasn’t been in action since July 2020 as a positive COVID-19 test postponed this bout in the spring.
This is Ortega’s second title shot after he had a rough go with Max Holloway in December 2018. He took nearly two years off due to injury, returning last October with a decisive win over the Korean Zombie to lead into this title fight.
UFC 266 Odds: Volkanovski vs Ortega
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has listed the UFC 266 odds and in the main event, Alexander Volkanovski is the -185 favorite while Brian Ortega is the +150 underdog. If you’re looking to profit $100 with a Volkanovski victory, you would need to wager $185, whereas a $100 winning bet on Ortega would profit you $150.
Further examining the UFC 266 odds for the featherweight championship with our sports betting calculator, Volkanovski’s -185 betting line represents an implied win probability of 64.91 percent while Ortega’s implied win probability is 40.00 percent.
The biggest favorite in the UFC 266 betting lines can be found in the co-main event as Valentina Shevchenko is a massive -1800 favorite over Lauren Murphy (+850). If you like betting on the fight with the tightest odds, look to the prelims where Uros Medic (-120) is favored over Jalin Turner (+100).
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Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega Odds & Prediction
As mentioned off the top, Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski (-185) is a perfect 9-0 in the UFC, with his winning streak in fact dating back to 2013, a span of 19 fights. As for Brian “T-City” Ortega (+150), his current streak is just the one win but prior to his loss to Max Holloway, he was a perfect 14-0. These two men coached this season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski (-185) via decision
Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy Odds & Prediction
Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko (-1800) returns to the Octagon for the second time in 2021 as the biggest favorite on the card, eyeing her sixth title defense and eighth win in a row overall. Her opponent, “Lucky” Lauren Murphy (+850), is on quite the run as well, winning her last five trips to the Octagon to earn this title shot.
Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko (-1800) via knockout
Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler Odds & Prediction
It has been nearly seven years since we saw Nick Diaz (+130) but here is his return in the second-ever five-round non-title non-main event bout – his brother Nate was in the first earlier this year. Looking to spoil the return and avenge a 2004 knockout loss is “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (-155).
Curtis Blaydes vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik Odds & Prediction
After getting knocked out by Derrick Lewis in February, Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (-325) returns to the Octagon looking to get back on a winning streak. Looking to pile another knockout loss on Blaydes is Jairzinho “Bigi Boy” Rozenstruik (+250), who scored a victory in that manner in June.
Prediction: Curtis Blaydes (-325) via knockout
Jessica Andrade vs Cynthia Calvillo Odds & Prediction
Former women’s strawweight champion Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade (-240) looks to get back in the win column following her loss to Valentina Shevchenko in April. Also looking for a victory following a defeat is Cynthia Calvillo (+190), who saw her four-fight unbeaten streak ended last November.