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UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski won an absolute war against Brian Ortega at UFC 266.
Combat sports fans were treated to an incredible main event at UFC 266, as UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski successfully defended his belt in an instant classic against Brian Ortega. UFC stars such as Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier went wild on Twitter during the bout.
To cap off a card that featured just about everything you could want in a UFC event, Volkanoski and Ortega finished the show with a five-round war in the octagon.
Volkanovski out-struck and out-paced Ortega for a large majority of the fight, but Ortega had his chances to secure the win. He sunk in a series of choke attempts in Round 3 that nearly forced Volkanovski to tap. Every time Ortega got Volkanovski in deep water in the grappling aspect, Volkanovski was able to stay composed and work his way out of it.
The two top featherweights had their fair share of bad blood entering UFC 266, mostly stemming from their time on this season of The Ultimate Fighter. After the fight, the two appeared to bury the hatchet and show mutual respect after their performances.
As expected, the UFC community went nuts on social media while watching the nonstop action.
Jorge Masvidal, other fighters react to Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega
With the win over Ortega, Volkanovski has further cemented his spot as one of the greatest MMA fighters in the world today. After a controversial pair of fights with former champion Max Holloway, Volkanovski has earned the respect of UFC fans and fighters unanimously.
UFC 266 took place on Saturday, Sept. 25, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA who will be on-site for all your news and highlights.