Volkanovski
vs.
Ortega
Shevchenko
vs.
Murphy
Diaz
vs.
Lawler
Blaydes
vs.
Rozenstruik
Andrade
vs.
Calvillo
MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 147-90

Volkanovski
(58%)

Shevchenko
(95%)

Diaz
(61%)

Blaydes
(71%)

Andrade
(80%)
John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 152-85

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Lawler

Blaydes

Andrade
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 147-90

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Lawler

Blaydes

Andrade
Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 144-93
2018 Champion

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Diaz

Blaydes

Calvillo
Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 143-94

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Lawler

Blaydes

Andrade
Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 142-95
2014 Champion

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Diaz

Blaydes

Andrade
Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 142-95

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Lawler

Blaydes

Andrade
Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 141-96
2020 Champion

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Diaz

Blaydes

Andrade
Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 137-100

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Diaz

Blaydes

Andrade
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 135-102
2017 Champion

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Lawler

Blaydes

Andrade
George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 135-102

Ortega

Shevchenko

Diaz

Blaydes

Calvillo
Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 134-103

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Diaz

Blaydes

Andrade
Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 132-105

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Lawler

Blaydes

Calvillo
Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
2021: 70-51

Volkanovski

Shevchenko

Lawler

Blaydes

Andrade

A pair of UFC titles are on the line when the UFC returns to pay-per-view Saturday.

UFC 266 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPNews and early prelims on ESPN+.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) takes on challenger Brian Ortega (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC). Volkanovski is a -190 favorite at Tipico. And only one of our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers is picking the +145 underdog Ortega to pull the upset.

In the co-feature, women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) is a massive -1800 favorite against challenger Lauren Murphy (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC). Not surprisingly, Shevchenko is one of two unanimous picks on our main card.

Also on the main card, Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) returns for the first time in nearly seven years to take on former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler (28-15 MMA, 13-9 UFC) in a rematch at middleweight. Lawler is a -155 favorite, but he’s only got a 7-6 lead in the picks.

Our other unanimous pick is at heavyweight. Curtis Blaydes (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) is a -340 favorite against Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), and he pitched a 13-0 shutout in the picks.

And to open the main card, former women’s strawweight champ Jessica Andrade (21-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) is a -270 favorite at flyweight against Cynthia Calvillo (9-2-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC). Andrade has a big 10-3 lead in the picks.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Volkanovski (58 percent), Shevchenko (95 percent), Diaz (61 percent), Blaydes (71 percent) and Andrade (80 percent) are the choices.

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