Best bets for UFC 266: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega

    Reed Kuhn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and strategy and analytics consultant. He is the author of “Fightnomics: The Hidden Numbers and Science in Mixed Martial Arts,” the first book to quantify drivers and performance metrics in combat sports.

It has been a few months since we’ve seen a truly loaded pay-per-view card, but the main card for UFC 266 will have two title fights and feature eight of 10 fighters with main event experience.

Ironically, the only two competing on the PPV with no prior main events are featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and women’s flyweight title challenger Lauren Murphy. We’re also going to see a rematch of the 2004 pairing of Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler, so this card checks a lot of boxes. A deep card makes for more plays than usual.

Early prelims start at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, prelims are at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNN/ESPN+, and the main card begins at 10 p.m. ET on PPV.

Odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

Featherweight title fight: Champ Alexander Volkanovski (-170) vs. No. 2 Brian Ortega (+145)

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