UFC 273: Volkanovski Defends His Title Against The Korean Zombie

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UFC 273 is one of the most anticipated cards of the year. This fully packed-out event features two five-round championship bouts. You will witness Volkanovski defend his featherweight title once again, this time against The Korean Zombie – Chan Sung Jung. You can also see the bantamweight title bout between the interim champion Petr Yang and previous champion Aljamain Sterling. Get the latest odds and pre-fight info for all main card bouts at UFC 273.

UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie

Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie

The UFC 273 main event is the long-awaited featherweight title bout between reigning champion Alexander Volkanovski and challenger Chan Sung Jung – The Korean Zombie.

Volkanovski was due to defend his title against no. 2 Max Holloway for the third time, but Holloway pulled out due to an undisclosed injury. The Aussie has given us some of the most exciting fights the UFC has ever seen. In his last bout against Brian Ortega, the champion kept his belt by dominating things on foot and slipping out of Ortega’s incredible submission attempts.

The 33-year-old is an absolute legend of the sport and is on an insane 20-fight-win streak. This will be his fourth title defense since claiming the belt in 2019 from Holloway. The Australian phenom enters as a huge favorite, with the UFC betting sites having him as -700. He with an edge on strikes – landing 6.42 significant strikes per minute and isn’t scared of taking the fight to the matt, with 1.77 takedowns per 15 minutes.

This is an excellent opportunity for Chan Sun Jung, who ranked 4th in the division, shouldn’t have gotten this title shot. While he will enter as a big underdog, he has proved himself to be one of the most elite fights in the division, with wins against Dan Ige and Frankie Edgar.

The Korean Zombie has been around in the UFC for a long time, and in fact, he fought for this belt nine years ago – at UFC 163. Back then, he was unsuccessful in his attempt, with Jose Aldo keeping hold of his title.

You can’t write this 34-year-old veteran of the sport off for a second. He has a fantastic highlight reel with some spectacular finishes, and many think that he might have the cardio and striking ability to make this a close fight.

Alexander Volkanovski vs Chan Sung Jung
33 Age 34
24 Fights 23
23 Wins 17
1 Losses 6
11 KO’s 6
3 Subs 8
5′ 6 Height 5′ 7
71.5 Reach 72
144.50 Weight 146.00
Win Last Fight Win

Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan

This is a five-round championship bout between the two bantamweight fighters, Sterling and Yan. The co-main event will see the reigning interim champion Yan face Sterling at the top of the division for the second time.

The pair last met at UFC 259, but the fight would end when Yan was disqualified for landing an illegal knee on the grounded Sterling. After that, Sterling suffered a neck injury, and Yan was awarded the interim title when he beat rival Cory Sandhagen.

Aljamain Sterling will enter the Octagon on a six-fight win streak – suffering his last loss in 2017. The Funk Master will have a big reach advantage against Yan, but sportsbooks have him as an underdog in this matchup despite this.

Other than losing via disqualification, Petr Yan’s only other professional loss was in 2016. The Russian is almost unstoppable and has crushed the whole division in style.

The 29-year-old has a higher output than Sterling, with 5.98 significant strikes on average per 15 minutes, and is the younger of the two.

These two have unfinished business to clear up. The last time we saw both of their grappling skills cancel each other out and most of the fight was done on foot. So if you’re a fan of striker matchups, this will be worth tuning in to.

Aljamain Sterling vs Petr Yan
32 Age 29
23 Fights 18
20 Wins 16
3 Losses 2
2 KO’s 7
8 Subs 1
5′ 7 Height 5′ 6
71 Reach 67
134.50 Weight 135.00
Win Last Fight Win

Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev

This is an odd matchup on paper, with the no. 2 Gilbert Burns facing off with the no. 11 ranked Khamzat Chimaev. Regardless of the enormous gap in rankings between these two, Burns is the huge underdog in this matchup due to the ostensibly unstoppable power of Chimaev.

Gilbert Burns is at the top of the pecking order in the welterweight division. He took a title shot against Kamaru Usman last year but was finished in round three by the champion.

The Brazilian is eight years older than the Russian and will have a 4-inch reach disadvantage to overpower on the night.

This will be Khamzat Chimaev’s first real test in the division since plowing through lower-ranked fighters like Phillips, McKee, Meerschaert, and Jingliang.

The Russian is unbeaten as a professional and has won five fights in the UFC since joining in July 2020. A win against Burns will inevitably see him get a title shot next.

Chimaev has some of the most insane performances inside the Octagon of recent times. After his debut, he moved up a weight class to fight just ten days later after shouting out Dana White, claiming he will fight any time.

Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chimaev
35 Age 27
24 Fights 10
20 Wins 10
4 Losses 0
6 KO’s 5
8 Subs 5
5′ 10 Height 6′ 2
71 Reach 75
170.50 Weight 171.00
Win Last Fight Win

Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres

This female strawweight bout is set to go three rounds between the jiu-jitsu of Mackenzie Dern and the striking expertise of Tecia Torres.

Dern will be looking to make a comeback after suffering a loss to Marina Rodriguez in Las Vegas last October. Before this loss, the Brazilian has managed to win four out of five bouts in the first round with submissions.

This is a close fight, but the 28-year-old will enter as a slight underdog. This matchup all depends on Torres’ take-down defense because if Dern can get things to the floor, chances are we’ll see her rack up yet another submission win.

Tecia Torres will enter this bout as a favorite with 4.71 strikes per minute and plenty of experience on her side. A win at UFC 273 will see her line up for a title shot in due time.

The American is coming off the back of a three-fight win streak after beating Angela Hill by decision in her most recent bout. The striker will need to keep things standing and navigate carefully against her opponent who has shown that her jiu-jitsu is world-class.

Mackenzie Dern vs Tecia Torres
28 Age 32
13 Fights 21
11 Wins 13
2 Losses 5
0 KO’s 1
7 Subs 1
5′ 4 Height 5′ 1
63 Reach 61
114.50 Weight 115.00
Loss Last Fight Win

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nassourdine Imavov

This middleweight matchup will start the main event card in style. American Kelvin Gastelum (no. 10) will face Frenchmen Nassourdine Imavov (no. 11) in this closely pitted bout.

Kelvin Gastelum has lost his last two fights via decision and has dropped severely in the rankings since having a shot at the title back in 2019 against Israel Adesanya.

Imavov joined the UFC in October 2020 and has quickly moved up the rankings with wins against Jordan Williams, Ian Heinisch, and most recently, Edmen Shahbazyan.

The all-striker bout should be a close call, but the Frenchmen are the bookies’ pick to carry on progressing up the rankings with a win on the night. The 26-year-old will have a height and reach advantage against Gastelum, and he is also a few years younger.

Kelvin Gastelum vs Nassourdine Imavov
30 Age 26
30 Fights 14
17 Wins 11
8 Losses 3
6 KO’s 5
7 Subs 4
5′ 9 Height 6′ 3
71.5 Reach 75
186.00 Weight 184.50
Loss Last Fight Win

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