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Volkanovski
vs.
Ortega

Shevchenko
vs.
Murphy

Diaz
vs.
Lawler

Blaydes
vs.
Rozenstruik

Andrade
vs.
Calvillo

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 147-90

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski
(58%)

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko
(95%)

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diaz2021

Diaz
(61%)

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blaydes2021

Blaydes
(71%)

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andrade2021

Andrade
(80%)

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 152-85

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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lawler2021

Lawler

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

Andrade

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 147-90

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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lawler2021

Lawler

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

Andrade

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 144-93

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2018 Champion

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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diaz2021

Diaz

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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calvillo2021

Calvillo

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 143-94

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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lawler2021

Lawler

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

Andrade

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 142-95

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2014 Champion

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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diaz2021

Diaz

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

Andrade

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 142-95

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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lawler2021

Lawler

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

Andrade

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 141-96

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2020 Champion

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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diaz2021

Diaz

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

Andrade

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 137-100

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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diaz2021

Diaz

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

Andrade

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 135-102

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2017 Champion

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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lawler2021

Lawler

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

Andrade

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 135-102

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ortega2021

Ortega

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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diaz2021

Diaz

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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calvillo2021

Calvillo

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 134-103

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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diaz2021

Diaz

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

Andrade

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 132-105

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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lawler2021

Lawler

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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calvillo2021

Calvillo

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
2021: 70-51

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volkanovski2021

Volkanovski

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shevchenko2021

Shevchenko

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lawler2021

Lawler

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blaydes2021

Blaydes

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andrade2021

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.

Check out all the picks above.

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