In the Octagon Classic, Alexander Volkanovski Holds His Featherweight Belt

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After a spectacular five-round battle with challenger Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in Las Vegas, Alexander Volkanovski retained his UFC featherweight title. Volkanovski, 32, of Australia, dominated the first two rounds of their title fight at the T-Mobile Arena.

However, Ortega, 30, of the United States, flipped the tables midway through round three by dropping the champion with a powerful left hand and then pursuing a submission.

Volkanovski stunned the challenger by escaping a mounted guillotine choke and then submitting to Ortega’s greatest submission, a triangle choke, before finishing the round with ground blows. The fight was allowed to continue into the fourth round after Ortega had a thorough examination from the doctor in between rounds.

Ortega tried to take the fight to the canvas again early in the round, but despite locking up another choke, Volkanovski gave referee Herb Dean a thumbs-up before escaping and beginning his ground-and-pound assault.

After trading back and forth on the feet in a dramatic final stanza, the bout made it all the way to the judges’ scorecards.

Source: BBC Sport

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