UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega main card staff predictions

After all the back and forth on The Ultimate Fighter and all the hype leading in, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega has finally arrived. The predictions from the MMA Empire team, along with our guest picker, can be found below for the five-fight main card.

Our guest picker for this event is Canadian welterweight prospect Keanan Kellar (2-1). After an impressive 5-1 amateur run, Kellar started his professional career with two straight wins before dropping his most recent contest to Kyran Cameron. Kellar will look to rebound at BFL 68 when he takes on Bobby Poulter.

2021 standings thru UFC Fight Night 192

T1. Cole Shelton (96-63-2) N/A in 2020

T1. Cody Rempel (96-63-2) 11-9-1 in 2020

3. Cooper Riehl (94-65-2) 13-7-1 in 2020

4. Joel Griffith (92-67-2) 12-8-1 in 2020

5. Kylan Knowler (87-72-2) N/A in 2020

6. Joe McDonagh (84-75-2) N/A in 2020

T7. Guest picker (80-79-2) 10-10-1 in 2020

T7. Dylan Bowker (80-79-2) N/A in 2020

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega

Cole Shelton: Alexander Volkanovski via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Brian Ortega via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Alexander Volkanovski via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Alexander Volkanovski via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Brian Ortega via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Alexander Volkanovski via unanimous decision.

Keanan Kellar: Alexander Volkanovski via split decision.

Dylan Bowker: Brian Ortega via submission.

Picks – Alexander Volkanovski: 5, Brian Ortega: 3

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy

Cole Shelton: Valentina Shevchenko via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Valentina Shevchenko via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Valentina Shevchenko via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Valentina Shevchenko via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Valentina Shevchenko via TKO.

Keanan Kellar: Valentina Shevchenko via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Valentina Shevchenko via TKO.

Picks – Valentina Shevchenko: 8, Lauren Murphy: 0

Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler

Cole Shelton: Robbie Lawler via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Nick Diaz via unanimous decision.

Kylan Knowler: Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision.

Keanan Kellar: Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Nick Diaz via unanimous decision.

Picks – Nick Diaz: 2, Robbie Lawler: 6

Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Cole Shelton: Curtis Blaydes via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Curtis Blaydes via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Curtis Blaydes via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Curtis Blaydes via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Jairzinho Rozenstruik via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Curtis Blaydes via unanimous decision.

Keanan Kellar: Curtis Blaydes via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Curtis Blaydes via TKO.

Picks – Curtis Blaydes: 7, Jairzinho Rozenstruik: 1

Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo

Cole Shelton: Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision.

Cody Rempel: Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision.

Cooper Riehl: Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision.

Joel Griffith: Jessica Andrade via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision.

Joe McDonagh: Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision.

Keanan Kellar: Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision.

Dylan Bowker: Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision.

Picks – Jessica Andrade: 5, Cynthia Calvillo: 3