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UFC 266: Alexander Volkanovski rips Brian Ortega's PED history

MMA Junkie 24 September, 2021 - 12:10pm

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LAS VEGAS – The UFC featherweight champion unloaded on his challenger after Thursday’s UFC 266 pre-fight news conference.

According to the champ Alexander Volkanovski, he was unaware of the challenger Brian Ortega’s past performance-enhancing drug use.

“I didn’t know about you popping,” Volkanovski said during their intense staredown on Thursday following the press conference. “That sh*t don’t sit well with me. You don’t deserve to be here. You’re a f*cking drug cheat.”

Ortega tested positive for drostanolone in 2014 following his first-round submission victory over Mike De La Torre at UFC on FOX 12, which has since been changed to a no contest. Ortega admitted he made a mistake, apologized, and moved on from the “haters” that still criticized him years after.

Volkanovski’s words came just minutes after he corrected a question during the press conference about Ortega deserving to share the cage with him. “Hey, he deserves to be here, I’ll give him that,” Volkanovski said. “But he ain’t taking the belt. You don’t deserve it.”

The PED history of Ortega was not mentioned by Volkanovski during the time the two fighters spent together while filming the most recent season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” It is unclear when the champ learned about his PED past, however, Volkanovski believes that his failed test adds to his previous assessment that his opponent isn’t professional enough.

“To be honest, (he’s) obviously unprofessional,” Volkanovski said in response to a question about what he learned about Ortega during the filming of TUF 29. “I’ve said it all week. Unprofessional and weakness, you know what I mean? What upsets me the most is (he’s) unprofessional. I put the hard yards in my whole life, especially in this career. That’s how I got this belt.”

“I just see weakness, unprofessional,” Volkanovski continued. “Obviously, showing weakness a few years back popping (for PEDs), producing, that sh*t annoys me. It’s unprofessional and I ain’t about that sh*t.”

Since his failed test in 2014, Ortega has successfully competed eight times without failing a test, even under stricter guidelines imposed by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) upon UFC fighters in 2015.

Volkanovski and Ortega will share the cage in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 266 with the featherweight title on the line. The event airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN, and early prelims on ESPN+.

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“I’m on the top, he wants to get on the top, but I won’t let that happen.”

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UFC 266 Face-Offs: Diaz vs Lawler, Volkanovski vs Ortega

MMAWeekly.com 24 September, 2021 - 12:10pm

UFC 266 weigh-in video

MMA Mania 24 September, 2021 - 06:00am

At the UFC 266 weigh-ins, all 26 fighters on Saturday’s fight card in Las Vegas are set to step on the scale Friday, and MMA Fighting will have live weigh-in video, which can be seen above.

In the main event, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega will have to weigh exactly 145 pounds or less since it’s a title fight.

The UFC 266 official weigh-in video will be at 12 p.m. ET.

The UFC 266 ceremonial weigh-in video will be at 7 p.m. ET.

Check out UFC 266 weigh-in results below.

Alexander Volkanovski (144.5) vs. Brian Ortega (144)

Valentina Shevchenko (124.0) vs. Lauren Murphy (125.0)

Nick Diaz (185.5) vs. Robbie Lawler

Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo (126)

Marlon Moraes (135.5) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (135.5)

Dan Hooker (155.5) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (154.5)

Shamil Abdurakhimov (258) vs. Chris Daukaus (231)

Roxanne Modafferi (125.5) vs. Taila Santos (125)

Uros Medic (156) vs. Jalin Turner (156)

Cody Brundage (185.5) vs. Nick Maximov (185.5)

Matthew Semelsberger (170.5) vs. Martin Sano (170)

Jonathan Pearce (145.5) vs. Omar Morales (145.5)

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