Ortega latched onto a mounted guillotine with just over two minutes remaining in round three, locking it firmly. If you put 100 people in the same position at the same time of the fight, maybe 10 get free. A little over a minute later, Ortega blocked a triangular choke, snagging the leg and rolling into a more dangerous position, but once again Volkanovski worked freely.
And he still won the round on all three scoreboards; this is the amount of punishment he discharged on Ortega, who remained on the ground, spent for 15 seconds after the horn sounded to signal the end of the turn.
For the fight, Volkanovski edged Ortega 214-88 in terms of large strikes, landing at a 60% clip during the 25-minute affair. He threw out 99 important strikes in the third round all in action and poked the brave challenger with fast counters, steep jabs and crisp rights and lefts all night.
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And while Volkanovsky has yet to receive praise from some of his peers at the top of the sport, he’s relishing his position, telling me ahead of his UFC 265 win that he’s welcoming the skeptics and the chance to prove that people are wrong. Add a refreshing attitude, and around this time next year, “Alexander the Great” can be considered the best ever at 145 pounds.