Rounding out tonight’s return to the Sunshine State for the UFC; an undisputed featherweight title fight between division champion, Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski, and the #4 ranked challenger, ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung.
Volkanovski sttemptes to secure the third successful defense of his featherweight crown following a September win over Brian Ortega, while Jung looks to finally land the featherweight title at the second time of asking following a May main event victory against Dan Ige.
In the night’s co-main event; bantamweight champions, Aljamain ‘Funk Master’ Sterling, and Petr ‘No Mercy’ Yan will look to settle their distinct rivalry and unify the bantamweight titles. The pair initially met at UFC 258 back in March of last year with Sterling landing the undisputed crown courtesy of a fourth round disqualification win after Yan landed an illegal knee.
In another high-profile pairing on the main card, Niteroi grappler, the #2 ranked, Gilbert ‘Durinho’ Burns puts his ranking on the line as he welcomes the undefeated, #10 rated, Khamzat ‘Borz’ Chimaev to the Octagon.
Burns rebounded last July with a unanimous decision win over Stephen Thompson, whilst the captivating, Chimaev turned in his fourth UFC victory back in October on ‘Fight Island’ with a submission success against Li Jingliang.
UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie – Results
UFC 273 Main Card Results: (ESPN+/PPV 10 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Alexander Volkanovski (c) def. Chan Sung Jung via fourth round (0:45) TKO (strikes)
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling (c) def. Petr Yan (ic) via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Welterweight: Khamzat Chimaev def. Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern def. Tecia Torres via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lightweight: Mark Madsen def. Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
UFC 273 Preliminary Card: (ESPN/ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Ian Garry def. Darian Weeks via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez def. Josh Fremd via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Raquel Pennington def. Aspen Ladd via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Mike Malott def. Mickey Gall via first round (3:41) TKO (punch and ground strikes)
UFC 273 Early Preliminary Card: (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass 6:30 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Alexey Oleynik def. Jared Vanderaa via first round (3:39) submission (neck crank)
Catchweight (118.5lbs): Piera Rodriguez def. Kay Hansen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Catchweight (136.5lbs): Julio Arce def. Daniel Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)