Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy full fight video highlights

Valentina Shevchenko rolled against Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 on Saturday night. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCWatch Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy full fight video highlights from their clash at UFC 266, courtesy of UFC and other outlets. Shevchenko vs. Murphy took place Sept. 25 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Valentina Shevchenko (22-3) and Lauren Murphy (15-5) collided in the co-main event. The fight aired live on ESPN+ pay-per-view. Catch more video highlights below. Another masterclass from @BulletValentina [ #UFC266 | TUNE IN NOW | Live on ESPN+ PPV: https://t.co/2qE0lEWxD2 ] pic.twitter.com/CeT3kIHcwG— UFC (@ufc) September 26, 2021 @BulletValentina letting it fly in the fourth round[ #UFC266 | TUNE IN NOW | Live on ESPN+ PPV: https://t.co/2qE0lEEWLu ] pic.twitter.com/63vLwla35B— UFC (@ufc) September 26, 2021 No ha dado chance Valentina a Lauren de arrancar #UFC266 pic.twitter.com/AHgVzV5rR6— UFC Español (@UFCEspanol) September 26, 2021 Técnica perfecta! #UFC266 pic.twitter.com/zNXSi09JqR— UFC Español (@UFCEspanol) September 26, 2021 La tiene en su terreno Valentina #UFC266 pic.twitter.com/6xbUXcMqaS— UFC Español (@UFCEspanol) September 26, 2021 La campeona comienza dominate #UFC266 pic.twitter.com/Cin5kU4dCk— UFC Español (@UFCEspanol) September 26, 2021 Ready for battle [ #UFC266 | TUNE IN NOW | Live on ESPN+ PPV: https://t.co/2qE0lEEWLu ] pic.twitter.com/0gNrDFx9oV— UFC (@ufc) September 26, 2021 Ready to defend her throne [ @BulletValentina | #UFC266 | TUNE IN NOW | Live on ESPN+ PPV: https://t.co/2qE0lEEWLu ] pic.twitter.com/uIThunpCij— UFC (@ufc) September 26, 2021 makes her walk [ @LaurenMurphyMMA | #UFC266 | TUNE IN NOW | Live on ESPN+ PPV: https://t.co/2qE0lEEWLu ] pic.twitter.com/eq3Hg9tJ1c— UFC (@ufc) September 26, 2021 For more on Shevchenko vs. Murphy, check out the live blog by MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew. Round 1 Shevchenko comes out in her southpaw, Murphy as the orthodox. A feeling our process from both women to start. Shevchenko is holding the center but Murphy is unwilling to get near her. Shevchenko lands a lead hook and Murphy is again keeping a big distance. Shevchenko is much faster and she’s stepping in with more intent than we’ve seen from her before. A kick from the champion gets caught by Murphy but Shevchenko rattles a pair of lefts into Murphy who drops the leg and retreats. Shevchenko is coming forward with much more aggression. She seems to have zero regard for Murphy’s offense and Murphy looks incredibly wary in there. Shevchenko is landing kicks and hooks with regularity now and Murphy’s right eye is starting to swell. Murphy desperately needs a takedown or something to earn some modicum of respect. Beautiful right hook lands from Shevchenko and Murphy is now really starting to second-guess her self. Barely throwing anything and to make matters worse, Shevchenko grabs a bodylock and dumps her to the floor with short time. One way traffic. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko. Round 2 Shevchenko isn’t even breathing heavy. Of course not but there really was no silver lining for Murphy in that first round. She’s looking a little more spry to start the second though, more active with her hands early at least. Shevchenko looks to force a clinch early, perhaps feeling that her takedown at the end of the first was very easy but it’s a bit forced and Murphy stuffs it, then turns Shevchenko to the fence and now she’s working a single-leg. No joy thus far but this is her best work by far in the fight. Shevchenko is able to limp-leg out though and they are back in space. Every time Murphy tries to step in, she gets cracked. She’s 4 of 30 on her strike attempts. That’s rough. But now she’s trying to push the action more and so she’s getting countered more. I don’t know what Murphy can really do here. Shevchenko is seeing every attack from a mile out. Murphy steps in and Shevchenko ducks under for a body clinch and then gets the takedown, this time with two minutes to work. Shevchenko is in top-half but Murphy is doing a good job on defense. Shevchenko is forced mostly into control, flattening Murphy out but she’s not landing much offense. She’s just trying to clear the leg to step out and into half and then crucifix. With short time, Shevchenko decides to posture and land some elbows and she should really just do that next time. She may get a stoppage. MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko, 20-18 Shevchenko overall. Round 3 Murphy’s corner is trying to be positive about her performance thus far but that feels more like false confidence. Murphy is getting outclassed in every aspect. If she wants to make a real run, she’s going to have to throw caution to the wind and hope to roll snake eyes. Shevchenko right back to work in the third. Controling the distance and chewing Murphy every time the challenger steps in. Murphy’s face is marked up and the only thing she’s offering is a wild lead hook f

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy full fight video highlights
Valentina Shevchenko rolled against Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 on Saturday night. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Watch Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy full fight video highlights from their clash at UFC 266, courtesy of UFC and other outlets.

Shevchenko vs. Murphy took place Sept. 25 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Valentina Shevchenko (22-3) and Lauren Murphy (15-5) collided in the co-main event. The fight aired live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

Catch more video highlights below.

For more on Shevchenko vs. Murphy, check out the live blog by MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew.

Round 1

Shevchenko comes out in her southpaw, Murphy as the orthodox. A feeling our process from both women to start. Shevchenko is holding the center but Murphy is unwilling to get near her. Shevchenko lands a lead hook and Murphy is again keeping a big distance.

Shevchenko is much faster and she’s stepping in with more intent than we’ve seen from her before. A kick from the champion gets caught by Murphy but Shevchenko rattles a pair of lefts into Murphy who drops the leg and retreats.

Shevchenko is coming forward with much more aggression. She seems to have zero regard for Murphy’s offense and Murphy looks incredibly wary in there. Shevchenko is landing kicks and hooks with regularity now and Murphy’s right eye is starting to swell. Murphy desperately needs a takedown or something to earn some modicum of respect.

Beautiful right hook lands from Shevchenko and Murphy is now really starting to second-guess her self. Barely throwing anything and to make matters worse, Shevchenko grabs a bodylock and dumps her to the floor with short time. One way traffic.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko.

Round 2

Shevchenko isn’t even breathing heavy. Of course not but there really was no silver lining for Murphy in that first round. She’s looking a little more spry to start the second though, more active with her hands early at least.

Shevchenko looks to force a clinch early, perhaps feeling that her takedown at the end of the first was very easy but it’s a bit forced and Murphy stuffs it, then turns Shevchenko to the fence and now she’s working a single-leg. No joy thus far but this is her best work by far in the fight. Shevchenko is able to limp-leg out though and they are back in space.

Every time Murphy tries to step in, she gets cracked. She’s 4 of 30 on her strike attempts. That’s rough. But now she’s trying to push the action more and so she’s getting countered more. I don’t know what Murphy can really do here. Shevchenko is seeing every attack from a mile out.

Murphy steps in and Shevchenko ducks under for a body clinch and then gets the takedown, this time with two minutes to work. Shevchenko is in top-half but Murphy is doing a good job on defense. Shevchenko is forced mostly into control, flattening Murphy out but she’s not landing much offense. She’s just trying to clear the leg to step out and into half and then crucifix.

With short time, Shevchenko decides to posture and land some elbows and she should really just do that next time. She may get a stoppage.

MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko, 20-18 Shevchenko overall.

Round 3

Murphy’s corner is trying to be positive about her performance thus far but that feels more like false confidence. Murphy is getting outclassed in every aspect. If she wants to make a real run, she’s going to have to throw caution to the wind and hope to roll snake eyes.

Shevchenko right back to work in the third. Controling the distance and chewing Murphy every time the challenger steps in. Murphy’s face is marked up and the only thing she’s offering is a wild lead hook from a mile off. Don’t know what the strike stats are right now but they cannot be good for Murphy.

Shevchenko now starting to up her volume as Murphy recedes into herself. Not landing anything super clean but scoring. Body kicks have been the most effective but the counter hook is also on point. And Shevchenko is starting to chew up the lead leg of Murphy as well. This is simply target practice. Murphy needs to do something or else she’s just going to lose a big decision.

With short time, Shevchenko times a clinch and ducks under to the back. She holds onto it until the horn.

MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko, 30-27 Shevchenko overall.

Round 4

Murphy’s corner isn’t being honest at this point. Or at least, they’re giving her advice on how to survive the fight, not on how to win. If Murphy is just happy to be here, okay. But that’s not what she said her goal was.

Both women looks to be in great shape at least. Entering the championship rounds and neither woman is breathing heavily.

More of the same to start the fourth. Shevchenko is coming forward more now and trying to up her activity. This has the feeling that if she ever wants to really turn on the afterburners, Murphy is in trouble.

Kicks galore from Shevchenko, to the body and legs. Jumping front kick from Shevchenko barely misses and that might’ve ended the fight. More power coming from the champion now.

Murphy gets cracked with a right hook behind the ear!! She was circling out and Shevchenko popped her with a head kick and Murphy is on rubber legs. She’s running away and Shevchenko is in pursuit and ripping shots into her. Shevchenko grabs a takedown and throws Murphy down! Murphy is trying to hold on but Shevchenko is in top-half and now she’s working elbows. BIG ELBOWS FROM THE CHAMPION! Murphy is in danger! And that’s it! Valentina Shevchenko gets the finish!

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Alexander Volkanovski retains title in bloody battle against Brian Ortega in UFC 266 main event

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCAlexander Volkanovski had to survive a valiant effort from Brian Ortega in a potential Fight of the Year to retain his featherweight title in the UFC 266 main event. Over the course of five rounds, Volkanovski appeared to be in complete control at times only for Ortega to turn the tables on him including a pair of submission attempts that nearly finished the fight in the third round. Through it all, Volkanovski refused to surrender and he just continued to batter Ortega with punches both on the feet and on the ground to secure the victory by unanimous decision. The final scorecards read 49-46, 50-45 and 50-44 with Volkanovski remaining featherweight champion. “I’m a normal human being. Just hard work got me to where I am,” Volkanovski said while celebrating his latest win. “Sky’s the limit for any of you. All them doubters, I’m going to keep proving you wrong time and time again.” The featherweights were happy to exchange strikes early with Volkanovski connecting with a hard right hook on a couple of occasions while Ortega was sticking a jab in the champion’s face. Volkanovski also jumped into a well-timed left jab of his own that snapped Ortega’s head back as he successfully closed the distance but the challenger was still finding a home for his straight punches in return. By the end of the first round, Ortega was sporting a cut over his left eye while Volkanovski had a gash of his own under the left eye. While Ortega was sticking through every exchange, it was Volkanovski who was consistently landing the better power punches. The thudding shots didn’t seem to wobble Ortega but midway through the second round, he started to step forward with a bit more aggression in order to slow Volkanovski down. As time passed it appeared Volkanovski was starting to really gain confidence as he came after Ortega with more pop behind his punches while also chopping away with leg kicks. Ortega was hanging tough with his jab but he was eating far more shots than he was delivering in return. The tide turned in dramatic fashion after Ortega dropped Volkanovski with a glancing punch that saw the champion hit the canvas. Ortega seized the moment by jumping on a mounted guillotine choke and it appeared for a moment that the title would be switching hands but Volkanovski slipped free. Just as Volkanovski was dropping bombs from the top with his ground and pound, Ortega then locked up a triangle choke that once again looked like the fight might be over. Instead, Volkanovski refused to give up and he eventually got out of the submission, which led to another brutal series of shots with Ortega’s head bouncing off the canvas. It looked like Ortega was nearly done but he somehow managed to rise for the fourth round as he once again tried to latch onto a guillotine choke. This time, Volkanovski got loose with far less effort and then he just started punishing Ortega by standing up and then dropping bombs back down onto the ground. While Ortega’s face was a mess and his gas tank was running low, he continued to push forward while Volkanovski was hitting him with everything trying to finish the fight. Despite all the damage done, Ortega arguably had his best overall round in the fifth as he left everything in the octagon in an attempt to stage a comeback but Volkanovski was giving just as good as he was getting through every exchange. When the fight was over, Volkanovski had clearly done more than enough to deserve the win but Ortega put on a display of pure heart and determination to stick around to the final horn. “He’s good,” Volkanovski said about Ortega. “I thought I was in his head and then he came back even stronger. I feel like an idiot saying some of the things I did cause he proved himself.” While he came up short in his second attempt at becoming UFC champion, Ortega was still strong in defeat and he paid homage to Volkanovski, especially after surviving those submission attempts. “I thought it was done,” Ortega said about his third round performance. “That’s what we trained for the whole time. I tried to come for his head but that little bastard’s f*cking tough. He’s a champ for a reason.” Still undefeated in the UFC with a second title defense on his resume, Volkanovski hopes this latest win will finally earn him some much due respect. “About f*cking time!” Volkanovski shouted. “Keep doubting me! I love it!. I’ll be the underdog until the day I die. That’s just going to make me work harder.”

Alexander Volkanovski retains title in bloody battle against Brian Ortega in UFC 266 main event
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Alexander Volkanovski had to survive a valiant effort from Brian Ortega in a potential Fight of the Year to retain his featherweight title in the UFC 266 main event.

Over the course of five rounds, Volkanovski appeared to be in complete control at times only for Ortega to turn the tables on him including a pair of submission attempts that nearly finished the fight in the third round. Through it all, Volkanovski refused to surrender and he just continued to batter Ortega with punches both on the feet and on the ground to secure the victory by unanimous decision.

The final scorecards read 49-46, 50-45 and 50-44 with Volkanovski remaining featherweight champion.

“I’m a normal human being. Just hard work got me to where I am,” Volkanovski said while celebrating his latest win. “Sky’s the limit for any of you. All them doubters, I’m going to keep proving you wrong time and time again.”

The featherweights were happy to exchange strikes early with Volkanovski connecting with a hard right hook on a couple of occasions while Ortega was sticking a jab in the champion’s face. Volkanovski also jumped into a well-timed left jab of his own that snapped Ortega’s head back as he successfully closed the distance but the challenger was still finding a home for his straight punches in return.

By the end of the first round, Ortega was sporting a cut over his left eye while Volkanovski had a gash of his own under the left eye.

While Ortega was sticking through every exchange, it was Volkanovski who was consistently landing the better power punches. The thudding shots didn’t seem to wobble Ortega but midway through the second round, he started to step forward with a bit more aggression in order to slow Volkanovski down.

As time passed it appeared Volkanovski was starting to really gain confidence as he came after Ortega with more pop behind his punches while also chopping away with leg kicks. Ortega was hanging tough with his jab but he was eating far more shots than he was delivering in return.

The tide turned in dramatic fashion after Ortega dropped Volkanovski with a glancing punch that saw the champion hit the canvas. Ortega seized the moment by jumping on a mounted guillotine choke and it appeared for a moment that the title would be switching hands but Volkanovski slipped free.

Just as Volkanovski was dropping bombs from the top with his ground and pound, Ortega then locked up a triangle choke that once again looked like the fight might be over. Instead, Volkanovski refused to give up and he eventually got out of the submission, which led to another brutal series of shots with Ortega’s head bouncing off the canvas.

It looked like Ortega was nearly done but he somehow managed to rise for the fourth round as he once again tried to latch onto a guillotine choke. This time, Volkanovski got loose with far less effort and then he just started punishing Ortega by standing up and then dropping bombs back down onto the ground.

While Ortega’s face was a mess and his gas tank was running low, he continued to push forward while Volkanovski was hitting him with everything trying to finish the fight.

Despite all the damage done, Ortega arguably had his best overall round in the fifth as he left everything in the octagon in an attempt to stage a comeback but Volkanovski was giving just as good as he was getting through every exchange. When the fight was over, Volkanovski had clearly done more than enough to deserve the win but Ortega put on a display of pure heart and determination to stick around to the final horn.

“He’s good,” Volkanovski said about Ortega. “I thought I was in his head and then he came back even stronger. I feel like an idiot saying some of the things I did cause he proved himself.”

While he came up short in his second attempt at becoming UFC champion, Ortega was still strong in defeat and he paid homage to Volkanovski, especially after surviving those submission attempts.

“I thought it was done,” Ortega said about his third round performance. “That’s what we trained for the whole time. I tried to come for his head but that little bastard’s f*cking tough. He’s a champ for a reason.”

Still undefeated in the UFC with a second title defense on his resume, Volkanovski hopes this latest win will finally earn him some much due respect.

“About f*cking time!” Volkanovski shouted. “Keep doubting me! I love it!. I’ll be the underdog until the day I die. That’s just going to make me work harder.”

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