- Alexander Volkanovski has opened as the -225 betting favorite against Brian Ortega.
- Volkanovski will defend his UFC featherweight title against Ortega at UFC 260 on March 27th.
- This fight marks Volkanovski’s second title defense and Ortega’s second crack at the world title.
Alexander Volkanovski has opened as the slight betting favorite in his UFC 260 title defense against Brian Orterga on March 27th.
According to online sportsbook FanDuel, the champion is a -225 betting favorite to beat Ortega who came back at +188 when the lines were first posted after the fight was announced last weekend.
This marks the second consecutive fight where Volkanovski has opened as the underdog. The current UFC featherweight champion also opened as the favorite during his rematch with Max Holloway at UFC 245. Prior to that bout, The Australian was the underdog in three consecutive bouts.
As for Ortega, this is the 6th straight fight where he has opened as the betting underdog in the UFC. He was victorious in four out of the first five instances with his only loss coming at the hands of Max Holloway at UFC 231.
19 Consecutive Wins
With his split decision win over Max Holloway to retain the UFC Featherweight Championship, Alexander Volkanovski has now won his last 3 fights via decision.
He improves to 9-0 in the UFC & has won 19th straight fights overall. pic.twitter.com/3BQe4deJZB
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 12, 2020
Volkanovski won the UFC featherweight title by upsetting Max Holloway at UFC 245 in December 2019. He then defeated Holloway via a disputed split decision during their rematch at UFC 251 in July 2020. Volkanovski is an undefeated 9-0 inside the UFC octagon and he has racked up 19 consecutive wins. His overall record stands at 22-1 with 11 knockouts and 3 wins via submission.
The 32-year old from New Sout Wales, Australia is a former AFC featherweight champion, PXC featherweight title holder, and a Cage Conquest welterweight belt holder. This former commercial Rugby player joined the UFC in 2016 and has conquered its featherweight division with an unbeaten streak.
“Alexander the Great” wanted to step out of Holloway’s shadow after beating the Hawaiian in a second straight fight. According to Volkanovski, he preferred a new challenge for his next fight. And after Brian Ortega’s successful return to action at UFC Fight Island 6, a title match between him and Volkanovski was pursued.
A Five-Round Masterpiece
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 18, 2020
One fight after getting stopped in his first ever title shot, Brian Ortega earned a second one after five-round masterpiece against the Korean Zombie at the main event of UFC Fight Island 6. Ortega showed up to the fight without his trademark long hair. But the bald Brian Ortega looked as good, even better than the one with long, luscious hair.
Ortega rose to the top of the mountain with elite grappling and a dangerous submission game. But when he challenged Max Holloway for the title at UFC 231, he was outstruck and outclassed on his feet. Against the Korean Zombie, Ortega displayed a never-before-seen striking game.
The 29-year old former RFA featherweight champion outlanded Chan Sung Jung 127-62 in total significant strikes. Ortega also connected at a very high 59% rate while The Korean Zombie landed just 38% of his strikes. With the win, Ortega rose to no. 2 in the rankings and earned the next title shot. With his new-found striking prowess, Ortega is now a more dangerous fighter and a live underdog in this title bout.