Alexander Volkanovski and Valentina Shevchenko left Las Vegas with their straps on Saturday.
Volkanovski was capable of retain the featherweight title at UFC 266 in an exciting combat towards Brian Ortega, through unanimous choice.
The battle someway lasted all 5 rounds. The spotlight got here in Spherical 3 when it appeared Volkanovski was getting the higher hand on Ortega, busting his nostril open and giving him a swollen eye. Nevertheless, Ortega was capable of save himself by placing Volkanovski in a number of submission holds.
Volkanovski was capable of slip out of each maintain Ortega put him in and stayed on prime of Ortega all through the rest of the combat to seal the choice victory.
It’s Volkanovski’s twentieth consecutive victory. He hasn’t misplaced a combat since Australian Preventing Championships 5 in Could 2013. The 32-year-old Australian has held the title since December 2019 when he beat Max Holloway. He defended his title towards Holloway within the rematch final July.
Ortega was bruised and bloodied by the tip of the evening however confirmed unimaginable coronary heart and toughness.
Within the different principal occasion of the evening, Valentina Shevchenko was capable of retain her flyweight title towards Lauren Murphy through a fourth-round technical knockout.
Shevchenko dominated Murphy all through the whole combat. She hit 64% of her strikes and was 98-for-170 on his vital strikes. She additionally took down Murphy 3 times.
She now has essentially the most title defenses of any present UFC titleholder with six, in line with MMA Junkie.