In the main event of UFC 266, you’ll see Nick Diaz making his return to the Octagon, for the first time since fighting Anderson Silva at UFC 183 back in 2015. During his time away from the Octagon, his brother Nate has carved out his own legend. Including defeating Conor McGregor.
In his return, Nick Diaz will be fighting another legend, Robbie Lawler. Diaz and Lawler fought way back in 2004, and that was an incredible match. So this main event at UFC 266 is shaping up to be another good one.
UFC 266 Main Event Preview
This long awaited rematch between Diaz and Lawler is taking place in Las Vegas, at the T-Mobile Arena. Which is going to make UFC 266 one of the biggest PPVs of the year.
However, given the fact that both of them are much older now – after all that was 17 years ago when they last fought each other – this may not be as great as we had expected. But many expect this to be a perfect fight, still.
No one really knows who is going to win this time around. Since no one really knows what kind of shape Nick Diaz is in, and Lawler has been struggling as of late.
What time does UFC 266 start?
UFC 266 has the same start times as usual.
The early prelims start at 6:15PM ET, with the prelims starting at 8PM ET. And the main card starting at 10PM ET.
The early prelims and prelims are not part of the PPV. You’ll be able to watch those on ESPN+ without buying the PPV. While the prelims will also be available on regular ESPN.
Who’s fighting at UFC 266?
The card is subject to change, and likely will. We’ve seen a lot of card changes during the COVID-19 pandemic era due to different reasons. But here is the current card that we expect to see on June 12.
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy
- Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
- Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishlivi
- Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus
- Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
- Karl Roberson vs. Nick Maximov
- Matthew Semelsberger vs. Martin Sano
How do I watch UFC 266?
UFC 266 will be available exclusively on ESPN+. You’ll need to be an ESPN+ subscriber, and you also need to purchase the PPV. Otherwise, you’ll only be able to watch the early prelims.
ESPN+ has raised the price on the PPV, and the UFC 266 PPV will be the first one with this new price. It’ll cost you $69.99 if you are a ESPN+ subscriber.
If you are not a ESPN+ subscriber, you’ll need to bundle ESPN+ or the Disney Bundle with the PPV to watch the PPV. The Disney bundle is a really great purchase. Even with Disney+’s new price hike. You can get Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu with ads for $13.99 per month, or get Hulu ad-free for $19.99 per month. But you do still have to pay $69.99 for each PPV.
With ESPN+ you also get the ability to watch the PPV on just about any platform you wish. Whether that is Android, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Samsung and Vizio smart TVs. It’s everywhere you are. So no matter where you are, you’ll be able to watch this PPV.
ESPN+ also has a lot of other original content that you can watch, including plenty of UFC content. There is even an original series featuring Dana White, which walks you through the ins and outs of running the UFC. And how challenging it can be.